Report: Real Madrid join the race for Matthijs de Ligt

Real Madrid are reportedly eyeing up a potential move for Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt to replace captain Sergio Ramos.

Real supporters were left gobsmacked last week when Spanish sports show Chiringuito broke the news that Ramos is considering a summer departure.

It was quickly concluded that the prime reason for Ramos’ shock decision was down to his bust-up with club president Florentino Perez in March following Los Blancos’ Champions League last-16 defeat to Ajax.

Although the 72-year-old soon announced that Ramos had received a lucrative offer from an unnamed club in China and requested to be released from his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Therefore, Perez is on the lookout for somebody worthy of partnering Raphael Varane at the heart of the Real defence.

And Catalan paper Mundo Deportivo claim that the Real chief has set his sights on an unexpected move for De Ligt.

The 19-year-old is one of the hottest young prospects in European football, with Manchester United, Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich having all been linked with moves.

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A statement released by the Portuguese club has dismissed the claims made by the Spanish media that the youngster is leaving.

De Ligt is strongly expected to leave Ajax in the summer, but he’s still no closer to reaching a final decision on his future.

The centre-back made this confession last week while preparing for the Netherlands’ UEFA Nations League finals in Portugal next month.

“I still don’t know anything about where my future is, so I’ll see how it goes. First, we have to play two games and after that I will see what happens next,” said De Ligt.

“Of course there is some interest from clubs, but I don’t want to say some names who are interested, but what I will say is I am now focused on the national team and after the national team I will see what the future brings.”

Meanwhile, Real are expected to complete their capture of Eden Hazard after Chelsea’s Europa League final against Arsenal in Baku tonight.

Perez has confirmed he’s interested in the Belgian winger and wants him to join Real this year.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 09: Eden Hazard of Chelsea warms up prior to the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg match between Chelsea and Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge on May 09, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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