Liverpool 'Have Been Talking' to Matthijs de Ligt Despite chance of barcelona Move
Spanish soccer journalist Guillem Balague has claimed liverpool have contacted Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt with a read to a attainable transfer.
The Netherlands international has been powerfully connected with a move away follow a vastly spectacular season in Amsterdam, with barcelona wide expected to reunite him with fellow Ajax star Frenkie de jong at Barça next season.
Speaking on BBC's 5 Live soccer Daily Podcast on Thursday, Balague said: “They (Barcelona) assume they have de Ligt, although each liverpool and PSG have conjointly been talking to him.”
Barça's move for the £60m-rated defender has reportedly been delayed by the money demands of de Ligt's agent Mino Raiola, and a bunch of different big name clubs are conjointly coupled with the teenager's signature, together with Juventus, Bayern munich and Manchester United. Joe Gomez affected for the Reds at the beginning of the season alongside Virgil van Djik however suffered a heavy injury and created simply sixteen league appearances in total – with Dejan Lovren conjointly laid low with fitness problems and inconsistent form, resulting in
liverpool keeping their eyes open for a centre-back this summer.
Joel Matip played well toward the tip of the season, however 19-year-old de Ligt may well be the best long-term partner to Van Dijk. The combine already play along for Netherlands, and are an enormous a part of the Oranje's resurgence under Ronald Koeman.
Van Dijk has been outstanding in england this season, picking up the PFA Player of the Year award for his half in leading liverpool to second place and ninety seven points within the league.
Meanwhile, de Ligt captained Ajax to their 1st Eredivisie title in 5 years and additional the Dutch domestic cup to his trophy haul. He conjointly performed excellently in Ajax's unbelievable run to the Champions League semi-finals, and picked up the Eredivisie Player of the Year award for his performance this season. It's honest to mention that not too many Premier League strikers would fancy going up against a pairing of Van Dijk and de Ligt ought to the transfer happen.