Josep Maria Bartomeu has suggested that Barcelona is on the verge of securing a permanent job for Matthias de Ligt, which could cost about 75m euros.
In an interview for ESPN, Josep Maria Bartomeu has suggested that Barcelona is ready to agree on Ajax defenses as Matthijs de Ligt. The Dutch miracle of Ajax is worth around 75m euros.
– There will be time to talk about it. Every year the club has an interest in signing up and this summer will be the same. But Ligt is, like other top players, on the table. He is a great player and a great center. I know what will happen to him, but not a moment [to talk]".
It could be a big move for Barcelona, which plans to refresh its defensive unit next season. Actually, blaugrana allegedly ready to take off the stars of Samuela Umtiti's star in the summer and de Ligt, for this purpose, could show off with an excellent long-term replacement for the French.
Ajax sensation is already considered one of the best European centers, enjoying the tremendous success over the past few years.
His ability to play back will surely help Barcelona build, while his willingness to switch over long cross-country or diagonal balls is well-suited to their positioning game under the tutelage of Ernest Valverde. He will also be reunited with his team-mate Frenkie de Jong, who joined Barcelona earlier this year.
In the foreseeable future, Ligt would ideally be a candidate for Gerard Pique's successor, who, despite being astonishing this season, approached the end of his glittering career. So it's no surprise that Barcelona has reportedly boosted its 19-year-old pursuit in recent weeks.
The latest incentive for the La Liga champions comes in the form of Bartomeo's comments, suggesting a move to de Ligta is in progress. Now it remains to be seen whether Barcelona will really provide Captain Ajax services, which could cost about 75m euros in the summer window of transfer.