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De Ligt on Barcelona’s list

Young prospects in world football – Matthijs De Ligt
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Matthijs De Ligt has been identified by Barcelona as a long-term solution for their central defence.

The Catalans continue to look for reinforcements while also planning for the future. Having already agreed for the transfer of Yerry Mina from Palmeiras, for whom they only need to decide on the registration date (January or next summer), Valverde’s team have now turned their attention to 18-year-old Matthijs de Ligt, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Ajax’s central defender is seen as a long-term solution at Camp Nou, but could also contribute immediately, as Ernesto Valverde is currently short on central defence options. Furthermore, players like Javier Mascherano (33 years old) and Thomas Vermaelen (31 years old) could soon be departing the club, leaving Valverde with only Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti as viable options.

Having also requested the transfer of Inigo Martinez from Real Sociedad, it’s clear that Valverde will be looking to reinforce the defensive of his team. De Ligt is considered perfect for the requirements of Barcelona, his good technique and ease of passing being considered vital for adjusting to the Catalan’s style of play.

Matthijs De Ligt is a product of Ajax’s academy, one of the most renowned football schools around the world. At 18, he has already been called up for the Netherlands’ national team and is widely regarded as one of the best prospects in world football.