The player was expected to move to Nou Camp next year.
As the winter transfer approaches, the clubs increase have upped the ante to get the players they want. Barcelona are expected to sign a defender and a midfielder. The Catalan giants are linked with the likes of Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot and David Luiz. It seems they are set to lose to Juventus in race to sign this Dutch prodigy.
Barcelona have been dealt a significant transfer blow ahead of next summer, with Juventus said to be leading the La Liga side in the race to sign Dutch sensation Matthijs de Ligt. The 19-year-old is strong and ticks all traits of a centre back. He also the technical qualities demanded of a contemporary centre half.
De Ligt’s budding reputation has seen him attract great interest from Barcelona. However, according to Sport, Juventus are now the Dutchman’s more likely destination. It is said that de Ligt’s signing had previously appeared close for the Spanish champions. The defender was said to be ‘excited’ by their offer, though he is keen to assess his options.
The problem in Barça’s hopes to win the race for de Ligt lies in the fact that the Catalan giants cannot offer the certainty of regular first-team football for the starlet. Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti are established as the club’s first choice pairing at the back. Furthermore, it is also said to be an issue that Barcelona’s offer does not match up to the bids made by others.
Juventus are apparently much closer to successfully negotiating terms with Ajax, who apparently value de Ligt at €80m. It is said that Barcelona would be unable to match Juve’s offer if they continue to pursue de Ligt’s teammate, Frenkie De Jong.
Juventus are in greater need of youthful refreshment in defence. Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli are all old and look out of shape. The Serie A champions believe De Ligt will be a perfect signing. However, it will be a blow for Barcelona. Barcelona still couldn’t find the replacement of Puyol. Also Pique is getting old and given their defensive performances, the La Liga champions will have to look elsewhere to boost it’s defense.
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