Liverpool are on the way to win their next Champions League final. In doing so they have overcome Barcelona in historical manner.
De Ligt was on his own historical run with Ajax until Tottenham had a miraculous Lucas Moura hattrick save their pants from dropping. As such the 19 year old is in high demand across Europe. Every club from Manchester, to Barcelona, to Liverpool, to PSG has been linked with him.
The Ajax academy product has played in 31 league games and 11 Champions League matches. Oh he has also played a further six qualifying matches to get to the limelight he has enjoyed.
Frenkie De Jong is already confirmed for Barcelona and if the wounded Catalans have their way, so will be De Ligt. A Barca ensemble flew to the Netherlands to meet with the player’s representatives only last week, per reports.
On their way to reaching the semi-final against Tottenham, Ajax have dispatched the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid. So there run was no fluke. The players there are solid gold, worth their weight in gold and then some.
As such sealing a move early is always wise, lest competition emerge. It seems competition has emerged for Barcelona in the form of their recent victors Liverpool. The Reds are looking to give a further boost of age and ability for the long term. De Ligt seems just the guy to play at the back alongside Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk for a decade.
The price Barcelona were paying for De Ligt is said to be almost the same as the De Jong transfer. Reported to be £75 million, it seems like a fair price for a club like Barcelona. If Liverpool are competing, they must offer at least the same amount or more.
Another thing that must be testing Liverpool’s resolve is the fact that both the players are the heart of the Netherlands Internation Team. A synergy like that could only work in our advantage.