This summer is going to be a big one for Matthijs de Ligt. And not just because the Netherlands defender could have Champions League and Nations League titles in the bag, as well as an Eredivisie title to his name, in six weeks’ time. The 19-year-old Ajax captain will require some well-earned R&R regardless of what happens between now and the end of the season, but he could do with allocating some time to wade through the imminent love letters from across the continent. Bayern Munich are determined to beat Barcelona to his signature, while Manchester United, Liverpool and Juventus are also said to be big admirers too.
Sport, meanwhile, cuts to the chase in identifying that De Ligt’s agent, Mino Raiola, might have a sense that his client is worth a little more than Barca was offering.
The Ajax captain’s agent, Mino Raiola, knows that his client’s performances have seen his price tag - and value - rise with it. This means they aren’t in a rush to agree terms with Barça and will instead wait to see what other offers come their way. Now, alongside his agent, he’s ready to listen to other offers. Bayern, Juventus and PSG are all desperate for de Ligt to lead their sides for the next 10 years. The defender won’t sign a pre-contract agreement with anyone until Ajax have been eliminated from the Champions League.
As sure as the sun will rise in the east, there will be a Paulo Dybala-to-Bayern rumor to put in the Schmankerl. Juventus is looking to unload its attacking midfielder (perhaps in an effort to clear some space for James Rodriguez?) and, as always, Bayern was listed among the interested parties.
Juventus have set the price for Paulo Dybala. As Corriere dello Sport writes, the Bianconeri value the Argentine 80 million euros. Inter Milan thinks about it, but it’s in the background, unlike Real Madrid, Atletico, Manchester City, Liverpool and Bayern Munich.
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This is the LOL rumor of the week. Just a week ago, Bayern was “out” on Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech, but now they’ve allegedly agreed to personal terms — and just need to work out a transfer fee? Hmmm, seems legit.
⚪️ #Eredevisie |— Euro United (@EuroUnited6) May 3, 2019
Hakim #Ziyech et le Bayern ont d'ores et déjà trouvé un accord salarial. Manque un accord entre les deux clubs. L'international marocain a déjà commencé à apprendre l'allemand. @ManCity, @SpursOfficial, la @juventusfc et @BVB sont aussi intéressés. pic.twitter.com/LJtf3oKVSs
I love that @GERFootDaily immediately called this out as well.
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