Arsenal, Man United left fuming as £60 million Dutchman De Ligt makes Liverpool transfer announcement
Arsenal and Manchester United transfer target Matthijs De Ligt has talked up a possible move to Liverpool in the coming transfer windows.
De Ligt is regarded as one of the finest young defenders in world football and is tipped to become one of the best in world football after a stunning first few seasons with the Dutch giants, who have just knocked out Real Madrid in the Champions League in sensational fashion.
Arsenal and United are in the market for a new defender during the summer transfer window as there is some doubt about the quality of the pairs back-line, with many in the media believing that they will both need to spend in the summer in order to compete for the Premier League title next season.
However, it is Liverpool who have been given a huge boost in their chase for De Ligt, after the £60 million rated defender admitted he would love to play alongside Dutch compatriot Virgil Van Dijk at club level.
‘Virgil is a player who has experience in the top leagues,’ De Ligt told Omnisport.
‘Of course you want to learn from him. It’s very useful to play next to him in the Dutch team.
‘It could happen [joining Liverpool]. He plays for Liverpool. A nice club. But I’m not focused on this. I focus on Ajax. And then I will see where I will end up.’
Liverpool were boosted earlier in the week after Ajax Sporting Director claims claimed that De Ligt will follow De Jong out the transfer door and onto a big club.
“We don’t need to sell him,” Overmars said in quotes cited by AS.
“We don’t need money, but I know he’ll go to a top club. Selling our best players? We don’t want to, but we have no choice.”
Should Liverpool step up their chase for De Ligt?
De ligt is a brilliantly gifted young player that has all the attributes already to make it big in the Premier League and he is just the type of young player that will develop nicely in the Premier League.
However, De Ligt is already valued at around £60 million and that price will only go up over the next few months of the season as his performances for Ajax are just world class.
So the Reds may have to pay a lot more than they intended this coming transfer window, which may be out of reach considering they have a lot of areas of the pitch they need to work on.