Sorry PSG as super-agent Raiola opens door for Manchester United to seal £70m De Ligt deal
Matthijs de Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola has blasted reports that he travelled to France to broker a deal for his client to join Paris Saint-Germain, handing Manchester United a boost.
De Ligt is one of the most in-demand players in Europe ahead of the summer transfer window, having captained Ajax’s impressive young side to the Champions League semi-finals.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate for defensive reinforcements as he looks to guide Manchester United back to the Champions League next season, and has been linked with the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire over the last few days.
Many reports in the media have suggested that the likes of United, PSG and Barcelona are all keen on a transfer deal, with the latter reportedly leading the chase for a £60 million transfer deal.
However, recent reports in the media over the past few days suggested he was reportedly offered a contract worth upwards of £280,000-per-week to sign for PSG, as the French giants tried to win the race for De Ligt.
But Raiola spoke to Italian media outlet ANSA and denied having met anyone in Paris.
“This is the classic example of fake news,’ Raiola said.
“The photograph of me and the French journalist in Paris? He asked me to take a picture together, but I did not know who this gentleman was.
“I have never spoken with him.”
United are one of the biggest clubs in the game right now despite their lack of success this season, but even they know that it will be very difficult to nail down the signature of De Ligt, even with the massive wage.
De Ligt wants to play at the highest level and that means the battle will surely be between United and Barcelona, despite the reports which have suggested that PSG are ready to meet the agents demands for De Ligt.
So it will be interesting to see just where the lad ends up as there is a big battle brewing between the trio to get a deal done.