Dutchman tells Arsenal, Man United £60 million De Ligt ‘perfect for Premier League’

Dutch football journalist Marcel van der Kraan has told the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United that Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt ‘is made for English football’

The young Dutchman is now regarded as one of the finest central defenders in world football after another impressive season with the Dutch giants, in which he has helped them reach the semi-finals of the Champions League by knocking out Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus side.

His displays this season have led to a lot of transfer speculation that the likes of Arsenal and United, along with most of Europe, are all interested in trying to secure a transfer deal at the end of the season as they both seek to bolster their back-lines.

But Van der Kraan insists the youngster would be the perfect signing for a Premier League club, saying whoever he joins will be getting ‘another Virgil van Dijk’.

He said: “We think Barcelona will be knocking on the door again next week to finish another transfer. They like him. They like him a lot.

“Juventus have already tried to get him.

“The player has actually been surprised that none of the big Premier League clubs have knocked on the door with similar offers.

“I think Matthijs de Ligt is absolutely made for English football.

“He is an absolute force, he’s physically stronger than anybody in that Ajax team and the attacking power he has at corners and set pieces – the way he headed in that second goal which helped Ajax into the semi-final, it was phenomenal.

“You have another Van Dijk coming to the Premier League if you get Matthijs de Ligt.”

De Ligt is a brilliantly gifted young man and will only get better over the next few seasons, especially as he has already proven that he is very capable of dealing with even the best of forwards in the game.

Arsenal and United would have a battle on their hands trying to sign the young man, but if the right amount of money is offered by the premier League giants, then De Ligt could be plying his trade in the English game.

His next club will be very lucky to have him, but it will be a massive shame if he does not make that move to the Premier League in the summer, for the fans, and all the clubs who are interested.

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