Barcelona ‘losing patience with £70m summer transfer target Matthijs de Ligt’ as he stalls on move despite deal being agreed with Ajax
- Barcelona and PSG have been linked with a big-money move for Matthijs de Ligt
- Barca were favourites but it has been reported that they are getting frustrated
- De Ligt is said to be stalling on his contract as offers from other clubs come in
- The player’s agent Mino Raiola is reportedly in Paris to tie up a deal with PSG
Barcelona are ‘beginning to get frustrated with Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt as he stalls on a potential £70million move to the Nou Camp’.
De Ligt is one of Europe’s most in-demand players after a stunning breakthrough season with Ajax, but it appears the defender is not 100 per cent set on Barcelona.
According to Marca, a deal has been agreed between Ajax and Barcelona, with an offer to De Ligt on the table, but he is yet to sign off on it.
Matthijs de Ligt is said to be stalling on a potential summer move to La Liga giants Barcelona
De Ligt (right, with Cristiano Ronaldo) also has a big-money offer on the table from PSG
Instead, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have expressed an interest, and it has been reported that De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola is in Paris to tie up a deal with the Ligue 1 champions.
Marca report that De Ligt has made it clear that he only wants to move to a club where he will be a guaranteed starter, and Barca consider the player as a pillar in their defence for the foreseeable future.
Barcelona were optimistic of getting a deal over the line, but as the days pass by their enthusiasm has ‘turned to pessimism and frustration’.
De Ligt helped Ajax to the Eredivisie title and Champions League semi-finals, and Holland to the Nations League final, during an impressive campaign.
Speaking about a potential move to Barcelona last week, De Ligt told Marca: ‘Barcelona have great defenders and it is logical and normal that there is competition, but it is not something that frightens me.
‘Of course it would be nice to play with De Jong and [Lionel] Messi at Barcelona, but I must look at what is best for me.’
De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola (right) is reported to be in Paris to finalise a deal with PSG
De Ligt admitted that it would be ‘nice’ to play with Lionel Messi (left) at Barcelona