Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt has said hell talk about his future in the coming week amid rumours hes set to meet with his club and Barcelona ahead of a potential move.
De Ligt drops a major hint over his future plans
Per Onda Cero (h/t MailOnlines Max Winters), Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is in the Netherlands and will open talks with Ajax while there.
Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo noted De Ligt is set to meet with Barcelona representatives as well as Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar and director of football Marc Overmars on Monday and Tuesday.
“Ill talk about my future next week, I still havent decided,” De Ligt told reporters after the Netherlands 3-2 defeat to Germany on Sunday, per Sport.
Barcelona would consider selling Samuel Umtiti to Manchester United this summer if it helped them sign their No 1 target, Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax.
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The current La Liga leaders want the 19-year-old Holland international to be Gerard Piques long-term replacement, but Ajax want the same €85million for the player as Barcelona have just paid for Frenkie de Jong, along with wages and payments to De Ligts agent Mino Raiola.
If they are to beat Bayern Munich to the players signature they will have to sell, and Umtiti – who has dropped below Clement Lenglet in the pecking order – is one they would listen to offers for.
Sources close to Barcelona believe United will watch Umtiti on Monday night when he plays for France against Iceland.
The player himself has said he wants to stay at Barcelona. In a Telefoot interview recently when he was asked a series of questions and told to give a yes or no, or dont know answer, he was asked will you still be at Barcelona next season and he answered yes.
He has also told international team-mate Antoine Griezmann he wants to see him at Barcelona next season, and sees himself continuing to play on the left of any future central defensive partnership alongside Pique or De Ligt, who also prefers to play on the right.
Uniteds biggest concern would be 25-year-old Umtitis injury problems. He has missed three months of this season with a cartilage problem in his left knee that he has elected not to have operated on.
Despite the fact that Lenglet has overtaken him in the Barcelona team, France coach Didier Deschamps still preferred Umtiti in his squad.
Sportsmail understands Barcelona players would be against the sale of a man who played a major role in the team winning the league last season.