Arsenal urged to hijack Juventus deal and sign brilliant £70 million rated defender De Ligt

Arsenal have been urged to sign Ajax skipper and Manchester United target Matthijs de Ligt before he makes the move to Juventus, by former Gunners ace Paul Mariner.

There has been a lot of speculation in the media about whom the Red Devils will try and acquire over the course of the next few transfer windows in order to get past Manchester City for that Premier League tile.

And one name that is reportedly high up on the shopping list is that of De Ligt, the Ajax Captain who helped the Dutch side win the League title for the first time in five years and also reach the Champions League semi-finals.

It has been confirmed that De Ligt will be leaving Ajax over the next few months as he seeks that step up in the game, with reports suggesting Juventus are all set to wrap up a deal for the young man.

But Mariner has claimed that De Ligt is the type of player that Unai Emery could build a team around, telling the ESPN website: “The one thing that they need is a central defender. There’s a guy floating around, he’s not quite signed for Juve, he’s not quite signed for Barca, whoever you want to talk to.

“The young Ajax player, he’s terrific. That’s exactly what you want. He’s a young kid, you can build a side around him.

“Ten years you’d get out of him, he’s a fantastic footballer. Go and start from those areas because in most Arsenal fans’ opinion, at the back is where they need to build.

“[Laurent] Koscielny is just going over the hill now. Signing somebody like that is a statement signing.

“But it’s never going to happen, I wish it would. Absolutely [he would be worth it].”

De Ligt is a brilliant young talent that would indeed be welcome to the Premier League, it is just a shame that Emery will not have the kind of funds it would take to challenge Juventus for a transfer deal.

He could have been a real statement signing for the Gunners and one that would certainly improve that Arsenal back-line ahead of the new season.

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