Barcelona blow? Mino Raiola pushing Matthijs de Ligt towards Man United, Juventus – MD

Barcelona blow? Mino Raiola pushing Matthijs de Ligt towards Man United, Juventus – MD

As per a report from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo this afternoon, super-agent Mino Raiola is attempting to dissuade in-demand Ajax starlet Matthijs de Ligt from joining Barcelona.

Ajax prodigy

de Ligt, a 19-year-old central defender, is widely-regarded as one of, if not the finest young talent on the planet.

Despite his tender years, the gifted stopper has already established himself as a regular at both club level with Ajax, and on the international stage with the Netherlands.

de Ligt’s combination of physique, athleticism, aggression, reading of the game and ability with the ball come together to form the package of a complete, modern centre-half.

In fact, so impressive has the Dutchman been during the early years of his fledgling career, that he was last year named both Ajax’s youngest ever captain, and the first ever-defender to win the Golden Boy award.

de Ligt in-demand

As such, it has come as little surprise to see more-or-less all of European football’s top clubs named as admirers of de Ligt’s talents.

Of the clubs to have been touted as potential destinations for the gifted teen, BarcelonaManchester City and Juventus have been the most heavily-linked, with the favourites to actually secure a deal for the stopper seemingly changing by the hour.

Blaugrana bound?

Recent weeks, though, have seen outlets around Europe name Barcelona as the club best-positioned to land de Ligt.

The Dutchman’s Ajax teammate Frenkie de Jong is set to make the move to the Camp Nou in the summer, with reports in Spain having suggested that de Ligt has his sights set on joining his fellow countryman in Catalunya:

Raiola’s involvement

As per the aforementioned report from the reliable Miguel Rico of Mundo Deportivo this afternoon, though, Barca’s path to de Ligt may yet be blocked by a familiar face, in the form of Mino Raiola.

Super-agent Raiola, who represents the Ajax standout, maintains an excellent relationship with Blaugrana assistant technical secretary Ramon Planes.

Nevertheless, though, de Ligt’s representative is said to be keen to push his client away from the Camp Nou, and towards one of Juventus, Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

This comes amid claims that the economic benefits, for both Raiola and de Ligt, would be higher at one of the aforementioned trio of clubs.

Matthijs de Ligt celebrates during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final second-leg match between Juventus and Ajax. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The Dutch stopper himself, meanwhile, has also once again confirmed that he is yet to make a decision on his future.

Taking to Instagram, de Ligt revealed:

‘I haven’t made a decision on my future yet.’

‘For now I’m only focused on the end of the season with Ajax.’

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April 30, 2019 at 09:15AM


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