United, City engage in ‘Manchester Derby’ for Ajax superstar

Both Manchester United and Manchester City are continuing to monitor the situation surrounding Matthijs de Ligt, a report claims. The commanding centre-back has been linked to Liverpool, United, Juventus and Bayern Munich, but it’s Barcelona that look favourites to land him.

De Ligt is widely expected to join his team-mate Frenkie de Jong at the Camp Nou, but admitted earlier in the week that his future is not yet decided. “This is not the time to talk about my future,” he told Fox Sports.
Image result for Matthijs de Ligt“I don’t know if I will go with Frenkie de Jong [to Barcelona]. I still have to analyse things and see everything. We’ll see what happens. I cannot say anything. We’ll see at the end of summer. There is nothing yet.”
Image result for Matthijs de LigtNow, Mundo Deportivo have provided an interesting update on the situation by claiming that both Manchester clubs have not given up on their pursuit of the teenager.

The report states that the duo ‘continue to push’ for De Ligt’s signature, despite the fact the player’s priority is to move to the Nou Camp. Interest from Bayern Munich and PSG is also alluded to, with Mundo explaining that the competition to secure the Dutchman’s signature is ‘fierce’.

On 21 September 2016, de Ligt made his debut for Ajax’s senior team in a cup game against Willem II. He scored from a corner after 25 minutes, making him the second-youngest goalscorer ever behind Clarence Seedorf.
Image result for Matthijs de LigtOn 24 May, he became the youngest player ever (17 years and 285 days old) to play in a major European final when he started against Manchester United in the 2017 UEFA Europa League Final. On 17 December 2018, de Ligt won the Golden Boy award, becoming the first defender to win the award.
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In 2017, de Ligt made his debut for the Netherlands at the age of 17, making him the youngest player to start for the national team since 1931.