De Ligt to make Manchester stopover before Barcelona?

Reportedly, De Ligt has been told by those close to him that he should first go to Manchester United and then wait for Barcelona to sign him from there.

De Ligt has so far not been able to come to a decision regarding his future. The young defender’s sensational displays from Ajax have earned admiring glances from all around Europe. The likes of Barcelona, Juventus, PSG and Manchester United are desperate to sign the Netherlands international.

However, it is a transfer sage that is likely to continue rumbling on. De Ligt initially preferred a move to Barcelona but Manchester United’s offer changed the complete scenario. The Red Devils are in dire need of some inspiration and De Ligt could provide that.

The English club is willing to make De Ligt one of their top earners and a cornerstone for everything great they want to achieve.

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At Barcelona, the youngster will have to fight for a place in the starting lineup with Clement Lenglet, Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti. At Manchester United, De Ligt will have a chance to start almost every game. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on bringing an upgrade to the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones. Eric Bailly could be sold following inconsistent displays.

And now the player’s camp has advised De Ligt to reject the advances of Barcelona and sign for Manchester United where he will get more minutes. According to Sport, De Ligt’s advisors have also told him that three years after signing for the English giants, Barcelona will come back asking for him. The Spanish giants would even be willing to pay a hefty fee for him.

It remains to be seen however what the player will decide. Currently on a break, De Ligt has said that he needs some downtime before making a decision.

“I still don’t know what shirt I will wear after such a long season as this, now I just want to relax,” the youngster stated after losing to Portugal in the Nations League final.

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