Barcelona is all set to battle with Bayern Munich in pursuit of Ajax wonder kid, with both the clubs admitting their interest in the young starlet.
The Dutchman has been on the radars of European Giants since last year and now it is reported that Bavarians and Catalans have entered the battle to sign the prodigy. De Lijt, who is just 18 currently, has been a very crucial player for Ajax this season as he appeared 19 times in the Eredivisie this season, 24 times in all competition while scoring twice and assisting once. The 18 year old possesses incredible height and a maturity far beyond his age, de Lijt has sent a gesticulating message across entire Europe with his performances.
Just 18, he has already featured forty-eight times for the Ajax senior team and also boasts an impressive resume in the European final. The 2017/18 campaign has pushed him even more into the limelight. The center back has already made his debut for the Netherlands and is often dubbed as future of the Dutch football.
The Dutchman followed Juventus on all of the social media handle some weeks ago, Dutch outlet AD believes despite interests from the Catalans and Old Lady, Bavarians are leading the race to sign the prodigy. Barcelona recently bid goodbye to Javier Mascherano with Yerry Mina coming on time to fill the void left by him. But despite Yerry Mina’s arrival, it is said that Catalans are short of depth in that position.
Bayer Munich scouts were in the ArenA on Sunday to watch Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt. The German giants see the defender as a future recruit. (AD) pic.twitter.com/uCIO0WdQ0G
— Football-Oranje.com (@FootballOranje_) January 21, 2018
Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Yerry Mina and Marlon Santos are the only options Ernesto Valverde has, with Pique being not at his real best, de Light could be directly thrust into the setup considering his experiences in Europe. Even Bayern Munich are going under same conditions as Matt Hummels is the only experienced center back in the squad, especially after Jerome Boateng recently returning from a really long injury layoff.
Despite being 18, he has grown beyond the level of Eredivisie and surely needs a step up to continue his growth. Even Netherlands manager Danny Blind has the same opinion. In an interview, the manager said: “If De Ligt continues to develop in this way, a step over a year and a half to a top competition is logical. That is too bad for the league, but then he really needs better opponents every week.
Not only occasionally in Orange, or during a European Cup-competition. The physical picture of him is complete. That he is so big and strong, is of course in the genes, but he does it in the right way. ”
❌ Matthijs de Ligt (18) vs FC Utrecht:
8/11 long balls
5/7 aerial duels
2 key passes
Excellent performance, leading by example once again. pic.twitter.com/VLmsk4qlsM
— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) January 28, 2018
Wherever he moves next, de Lijt will be on a way to the club that is directly embedded in the history of football.
Physically and technically, signs are really good for the Ajax prodigy. His maturity is beyond his age which is really a good sign. And with a number of clubs dying to get his signatures it clearly gives an indication of his potential. His progress has been phenomenal. Two-footed, visionary, smart tactically, a superb passer and extremely comfortable on the ball, he is surely going to develop into one of the best’s of his generation.