Ajax Amsterdam center back Matthijs De Ligt has suggested he would favor a move to Barcelona ahead of Manchester United. The Catalunya club is considered favorites to sign Matthijs De Ligt but the deal is reportedly being held up by the demand of Matthijs de Ligt agent, Mino Raiola. The agent is believed requesting a larger salary for the defender as well as a bigger agent's fee.
Last week reports claimed that Matthijs de Ligt is not ruling out a move to Manchester United despite Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's side failing to secure Champions League football for the next season. But the 19-year-old has now indicated that he would prefer a move to Barcelona and play alongside his Ajax teammates, Frankie de Jong, who already agreed to join La Blaugrana on January with a 65 million pounds deal and will make a move to Camp Nou this summer.
The Netherlands international player told slot casino Malaysia that he thinks Frankie de Jong has developed very well this year, hence he deserves the move to Barcelona. When he asked if he will be playing alongside Frankie de Jong, Matthijs De Ligt replied that it would be nice to play with Frankie de Jong in a team. But he doesn't know if it will happen.
Mino Raiola Believed De Ligt Can Get A Better Financial From Man United
Mino Raiola has reportedly to hold the deal with Barcelona as he believes the young player can get a better financial package from Manchester United, despite both sides almost get the contract over the line. Matthijs De Ligt will leave Amsterdam this summer after captaining the side to a domestic double and Barca have been leading the race for his signature, even verbally agreeing on a deal during talks with Mino Raiola in Monte Carlo last months.
But other than Barcelona and Manchester United, Liverpool has also joined the race for Matthijs De Ligt. The Reds is believed to use Virgil van Dijk as their advantages. Matthijs De Ligt is played alongside Virgil van Dijk in The Netherlands international team and has formed a perfect pair. It is believed that Virgil van Dijk will make Matthijs de Ligt to reconsidering his decision.
Manchester United is in the market for a commanding new center back this summer and knows that Matthijs de Ligt could potentially solve their problem position for the best part of two decades. It was also reported that Matthijs de Ligt is open to the possibility of being at the center back of Manchester United's rebuild over the coming years under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, even though they will not play in Champions League next season.