Bye Bye Matthijs! Ceo Overmars ‘accepts’ £60m Chelsea target De Ligt will be leaving the club
Reports have claimed Ajax’s sporting director Marc Overmars has accepted Chelsea target Matthijs de Ligt will be leaving the club.
De Ligt is one of the most sought after youngsters in world football and is already starting to establish himself as one of the best ball-playing centre-halves in Europe with the Dutch side, despite the fact he is only 19-years of age.
He has already played over 60 times in Holland’s top flight and his performances have caught the attentions of Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, who is looking to improve the back-line in the coming transfer windows, as there is some concern over the qualities of David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and the unhappy Andreas Christensen, who could even leave the club with his game time very limited.
Ajax are no fools and have no intention of letting the talented Dutchman leave for anything less than £60 million, believing he has the qualities to develop into the best central defender in Europe.
But despite their fight to keep hold of their star man, Overmars has accepted de Ligt will be leaving the club and is already planning how to spend those substantial transfer proceeds in January, according to Sport.
The news comes just a few weeks weeks his National boss Ronald Koeman announced that De Ligt would leave the Dutch Champions sooner rather than later, with the former Everton and Southampton boss telling the TalkSport website: “It is obvious a player of the level of Matthijs will move into a higher league soon.
“I have talked about him a lot and the truth is he should be playing at a much higher level, he has the ability to make it to the very top in football.
“He made his debut in the Champions League group stage and then his next game was on a plastic pitch away against Excelsior, that is not something that is sustainable.
“Besides, the pace of the Eredivisie is not as high.”
Would De Ligt be a good buy from Chelsea? Here is what we think.
De Ligt has all the qualities and ability to make a real impact on the Chelsea side having establishing himself at Ajax over the last few seasons, and spending £50-60 million on his services would not be a bad nit of business.
The only worry he his age, as at 19-years old he still has a lot to prove in the game to be that world class defender that Sarri needs at the back.
But in terms of the future, De Light is destined for big things and the right price will get a deal done.