International target name-checks Man Utd when quizzed on future

Date published: Wednesday 6th June 2018 9:29

Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt has name-checked Manchester United when asked about potential transfer destinations this summer.

The 18-year-old Holland defender has been linked with United, while the Sunday Mirror in April claimed Arsenal had scouted him several times whilst playing for the national team.

The same source, only last month, claimed Pep Guardiola was tracking the De Ligt, while football.london named De Ligt as a player Spurs wanted to replace Toby Alderweireld.

The Express though report Barcelona are leading the chase for the €40-50m-rated player, while Juventus are also keen, if Medhi Benatia departs this summer.

And, after Holland’s 1-1 draw with Italy in Turin on Monday, De Ligt attempted to throw some light on the subject.

“I’m not in touch with anyone yet,” De Ligt told TuttoMercatoWeb. “I’m here with my national team, focused on this.

“Of course, it’s a real honour to be associated with some big clubs but it does not change for me, I just have to continue to play well.

“I hope I can grow as much as possible and that’s why it’s important to play every week at high levels.

“Who would I choose between Juve, Barcelona and United? It’s difficult, they’re all great teams.

“We must think about it, understand what is the best step to do. At the moment I do not know, I’m on vacation and I can think about it.”

The Italian outlet claim Juventus officials Pavel Nedved and Fabio Paratici showed De Ligt around their training ground with his agent Mino Raiola.

And De Ligt talked up the Serie A champions after Nathan Ake rescued a late draw for Holland at the Allianz Stadium.
“I know that many clubs have come to Mino Raiola for me, and he told me this, and I do not know if they are called Juventus or PSV Eindhoven, but there’s nothing for sure,” addedf De Ligt.

“The stadium – I think it’s a beautiful building in a beautiful city – Juve is a club with a great history, lots of titles and great players.”

 

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