Manchester United ‘launch £70m bid for Matthijs de Ligt’ to financially overpower rivals Barcelona and tie up deal for Ajax wonderkid
- Manchester United are said to have made a £70million bid for Matthijs de Ligt
- The Red Devils want the Ajax star to be the foundation of a new-look defence
- Barcelona are also in talks with the player and his notorious agent Mino Raiola
- United are said to be willing to outbid any rivals and match Raiola’s agent fee
Manchester United are reported to have launched a £70million bid for Ajax wonderkid Matthijs de Ligt, as they bid to win the race to sign European football’s most in-demand teenager.
United are desperate to acquire the services of the talented Dutch youngster and have him lead their defensive line into a new era, but face stiff competition from Barcelona.
Manchester United are reported to have launched a £70m bid for Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt
Barca have already secured the signature of De Ligt’s Ajax team-mate Frenkie de Jong, and are favourites to move in on the centre half.
United however have sprang out of the traps early and will look to financially out-muscle the Catalan giants, according to The Mirror.
It is claimed United have ‘agreed to outbid any club’ and meet the demands of the player’s notorious agent Mino Raiola for a £350,000-a-week wage and a huge agent’s fee.
Barcelona also want the defender, and have already acquired his friend Frenkie de Jong (left)
United are said to be willing to meet the personal fee demands of De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola
It is reported that Barca have baulked at the prospect of having to personally pay Raiola around £12million in fees for the deal.
Speculation has mounted regarding the move however, with suggestions that Raiola is using United’s interest in order to force Barca’s hand and obtain even greater wages for his client.
Raiola is the agent of United midfielder Paul Pogba, who is currently at odds with the Red Devils over his future after publicly talking up his desire to play for Real Madrid.
Raiola infamously clashed with legendary United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and only engaged in doing deals with the club once the Scotsman retired.
De Ligt has also been linked with moves to Manchester City, Paris Saint Germain and Liverpool.