Bayern Munich will have some new competition for Ajax center back Matthijs de Ligt. In addition to FC Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain, it looks like both Liverpool and Arsenal will make a play for the 19-year-old talent.
De Ligt is becoming more and more popular among the world’s power clubs. The cost for the youngster has been reported to be in the range of €60-75m.
Arsenal and Liverpool both linked with Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt in the English press this morning.— Dutch Football (@FootballOranje_) February 17, 2019
They join Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, PSG and the Manchester clubs in the race for the 19-year-old. pic.twitter.com/HDjETRMHqE
The Sun was one of the primary outlets reporting Arsenal’s jump into the fray.
ARSENAL are shock contenders for Ajax whizkid center back Matthijs De Ligt. The 19-year-old Dutch defender has worked with Gunners legends Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars and is a huge admirer of the Londoners.
But Arsenal boss Unai Emery will have to boost his summer transfer budget by qualifying for the Champions League AND offloading Mesut Ozil — to wipe his £350,000-a-week off the wage bill — to be able to meet Ajax’s £70million valuation. Emery will have a budget of just £40m if he fails to finish in the top four — or qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League — in his rookie Premier League season.And Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp also wants a centre-back to compete with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
There always seems to be at least one Paulo Dybala rumor out there. Here is today’s daily dose:
Bayern Munich are lining up a €75m bid to sign Liverpool linked Paulo Dybala from Juventus in the summer, however the player is not yet sold on moving to Germany. Dybala, who is now playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin, has been linked with a move away from Juventus, with several clubs including Bayern Munich, interested.
The chase for Dybala’s services is slowly heating up and, according to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato, the Bavarians are willing to offer €75m in exchange for Dybala’s services in the summer as they aim to replace the ageing duo of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. However, the Argentine attacker has yet to be convinced about making the switch to Germany as he continues to weigh his options. Despite the interest from Bayern Munich, Juventus are under no pressure to cash in on Dybala and it remains to be seen whether the Argentine will seek a move.
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