Matthijs de Ligt could join Barcelona in a £51m deal after De Jong

Matthijs de Ligt could join Barcelona in a £51m deal after De Jong

- Matthijs de Ligt might be sealing a move to Barcelona in a deal valued around £51m this summer

- The teenage sensation played a key role in helping his Dutch League side upstage Real Madrid in their Champions League tie earlier this month

- Arsenal and Manchester City have also shown interests in signing the Dutchman as quality replacement for their defenders

Barcelona have reportedly launched a bid of about £51 million for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt ahead of summer transfer move.

The 19-year-old defender was instrumental to his side's Champions League triumph over Real Madrid to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2002-03 season.

Manchester City and Arsenal are also said to be interested in the dynamic defender, but the Catalans are hoping they can use the influence of Frankie De Jong to land the star.

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SunSport quoting Sport claim the Blaugrana have already proposed a five year deal with the fee possibly rising, depending on how long he spends in Spain.

The publication further stated that De Ligt after helping his side upset Real Madrid in the UCL informed Barca chiefs of his desire to follow his friend to the Nou Camp.

Reports from the player's camp reveal that the 19-year-old was initially skeptical of making Barca's starting 11 when he joins them.

But the club have assured him of regular playing time despite the presence of Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti in the team's setup.

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Meanwhile, Unai Emery is also keen on signing the player in a bid to strengthen his back line ahead of next season.

While City are already preparing for a life after 32-year-old Vincent Kompany as they hope to find a replacement for the Belgian star.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Barcelona have concluded plans to land Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt at the end of the season.

The 19-year-old was superb in his side's 4-1 demolition of Real Madrid in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League clash at the Bernabeu on Tuesday evening.

Earlier this year, the Catalans completed the signing of Frankie De Jong but will be moving to Spain in the summer.

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