Ajax coach Ten Hag officially tells Chelsea £60 million De Ligt is leaving at the end of the season
Ajax coach Erik Ten Hag has told the likes of Chelsea that £60 million rated defender Matthijs De Ligt will be leaving the club at the end of the season.
De ligt is easily regarded as one of the finest young centre-backs in world football after helping Ajax get back to the top of the game, and his performances over the past few seasons has alerted a number of clubs to his potential.
Chelsea may be facing a transfer ban which stops them from signing anyone for the next few windows, but they are hoping to have that overturned and have been heavily linked with a move for the Dutchman, with reports Maurizio Sarri has made signing a new defender and striker his priority over the course of the transfer windows.
However, it seems that Bayern and Barcelona are leading the chase for the talented Dutchman and although Ten Hag has admitted De Ligt will be leaving in the summer, the Ajax boss does not know whom he will be joining at the end of the season, He told Suddeutschen Zeitung: “There’s zero chance Matthijs de Ligt is staying at Ajax. There are so many clubs interested in him.
“He will leave us this summer, but I don’t know whether he’ll join Bayern or Barcelona.”
Now it is easy to see why De Ligt is a man in demand and it is also easy to see why Ajax have given up on trying to keep hold of the young man, especially as he will bring £60 million plus to the Dutch club in the next few months, which they can invest with.
However, it is not a forgone conclusion that De Ligt will be signing for Bayern or Barcelona, so Chelsea just need to keep a close eye on how transfer talks progress, as they have the financial power to swoop in and tempt him to the Premier League.
The English game is the best in world football and although the European giants are a tempting offer, all players want to test themselves in the Premier League and De Ligt also has his eyes on a potential move to England.
It will be interesting to see just where he ends up, as he would be a welcome addition to the Premier League, and be a huge signing for the back-line of Chelsea.