Barcelona announcement pushes Arsenal just a little closer to £75 million De Ligt deal
Barcelona chief Jordi Mestre has claimed the Champions League semi-finalists are not in for Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt just yet, handing Arsenal a boost in their pursuit.
The talented defender has become one of the most sought after talents in world football after helping the Dutch giants reach the Semi-Finals of the Champions League, and he is expected to leave Ajax at the end of the season
It is believed the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain are leading the chase to complete a £75 million deal, as the youngster has shown a desire to make either move.
However, there has been some interest from Arsenal over the past few weeks as Unai Emery seeks to add a top-class defender to his back-line having missed out on Champions League football for next season due to the clubs dire defensive record in the Premier League.
And they have been handed a possible boost in their chase for De Ligt after Mastre admitted that they are not after the Dutchman.
“I don’t know why they’re saying this because [De Ligt] hasn’t signed,” he said.
“[Gerard] Pique is evidently one of the best central defenders in the world, if not the best.
“After him, we have players like [Clement] Lenglet, [Samuel] Umtiti and we’ve signed a very young player in [Jean-Clair] Todibo.
“The defenders we already have are of the highest level. In De Ligt’s case, we’ll speak with the sporting director at the end of the season and we’ll speak not about De Ligt, but about what they say.”
Unai Emery knows that he needs to sign some big players and right now, there are not too many defenders in Europe that are as highly-rated as De Ligt, especially after their Champions League exploits.
But Barcelona are a hard team to turn down so they would have to offer something special to land the Dutchman in the summer, especially as they would offer more opportunities to win the biggest and best trophies available in Europe.
But if Arsenal do offer the right amount of money, then they have a good chance of signing the Dutchman.