Manchester United target Matthijs de Ligt admitted he is “honoured” following speculation of his move away from Ajax, according to the Independent.
Football heavyweights are all battling for the signature of 18-year-old Ajax star de Ligt with Barcelona and Juventus also reportedly interested in the defender.
The youngster has spent ten years with the Dutch club and after breaking through into the Ajax first team, the promising defender has sparked attention worldwide.
His ball-playing abilities and defensive awareness has been key for Ajax, most notably when he helped his side reach the 2016/17 Europa League final where they lost 2-0 to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.
Barcelona have confirmed their interest in the Dutchmen as they seek a replacement for Spanish legend Gerard Pique - who could be nearing the end of his career.
But with Juventus and United both also keen on the young centre-back, he will have a wealth of choice if he chooses to move away from the Amsterdam Arena.
When speaking to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato, de Ligt said he is not in touch with any club yet but was “honoured” to be associated with such big clubs.
Ajax have valued their centre-back at £35-44m which could be a very good bit of business for a top European club.
The teenager featured 33 times for Ajax in the Eredivisie this season, helping his side finish second behind PSV Eindhoven and with a lot of time to develop and immense opportunity, he is currently one of Europe’s prized possessions.
Be it the Premier League that de Ligt decides to join or another European league, he’s certainly a promising prospect in the world of football who has the honour to be wanted by the biggest football clubs in the world.
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