Barcelona Chief Mastre announcement opens door for Chelsea to sign £75 million rated Dutchman De Ligt
Barcelona chief Jordi Mestre has claimed the Champions League semi-finalists are not in for Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt just yet, handing Chelsea 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, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri knows he needs to spend big money in the summer to even get the Blues challenging for the Premier League title, especially as they could lose star man Eden Hazard in the summer window.
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.”
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 the Premier League is the best in world football and many players would love the chance to play for two of the biggest clubs in the history of football, so Chelsea have a very good chance of convincing De Ligt to make the move to England.