Matthijs de Ligt set to snub Man Utd and Barcelona for PSG as transfer decision imminent


De Ligt, 19, is one of the most sought-after prospects in world football after guiding Ajax to a domestic double this season.

He also captained the Amsterdam club to the Champions League semi-finals, only missing out on a trip to the final in Madrid after Lucas Moura’s last-gasp goal in the second leg.

The Dutchman has become the subject of a transfer tug of war between five teams, with Barcelona, United, PSG, Liverpool and Juventus all apparently interested in him.

It was originally believed that De Ligt preferred a move to Catalonia to join up with his international team-mate Frenkie de Jong, who he has played with at Ajax for the last three years he has been in the first team.

Manchester United were apparently willing to offer him a much larger financial package than Barca were, leading to a two-way competition between the two sides.

Now, however, it seems that De Ligt is set to snub both sides in order to sign a deal with oil-rich PSG.

The centre-back had been offered the chance to become the highest-paid teenager in the world and seal a whopping £350,000-per-week contract, but instead looks set to sign a £256,000-per-week deal.

According to Di Marzio, De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola met with PSG’s sporting director on Tuesday in Paris in order to try and iron out the final details of a deal.

The deal could all hinge on the re-appointment of Leonardo, the former PSG technical director.

Di Marzio report that Leonardo’s appointment will have a massive impact on the De Ligt deal due to his relationship with Raiola.

The Brazilian was key to bringing Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Parisians in previous years.

Di Marzio claims that negotiations were already at an advanced stage before the meeting, and the transfer agreement could be imminent.

Speaking last week after Holland’s win over England in the Nations League, the centre-back told reporters that his decision would not be based on money.

“Money is not the problem,” he explained. “The most important thing is knowing in the team where you go [that] you will have prominence and play many games.

“I still don’t know what my heart says. On my holiday, I will be able to think it over and decide what I am going to do with my future.

“I don’t know when I’m going to have it figured out, but I’m going to take my time.”


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