According to Spain’s premier radio network, Cadena SER, Matthijs De Ligt and Mino Raiola have both said “no thanks” to FC Barcelona. Cadena SER stated that Barca made an offer for the young Dutch center-back a few weeks ago and since then there has been no movement in negotiations.
It was also reported that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu had apparently tried to intervene in the discussions as he did with Frenkie de Jong; although this time the tactic was not successful.
The response from De Ligt was straight-forward. If Raiola says no, he agrees with his agent. Apparently, De Ligt asked for a salary higher than that of De Jong, arguing that he had received other offers. The Catalan club did have an agreement with Ajax, but it was rejected, as De Ligt had received better offers from Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich.
Every rumor should be taken with a grain of salt, although this transfer rumor surfaced hours before it was official that Mats Hummels would return to Borussia Dortmund. If Bayern sells both Hummels and Jerome Boateng, it would seem strange if they didn’t have a plan to sign another center-back.
Could it be De Ligt?
PSG, with their endless bankroll, will most likely offer De Ligt a higher salary. Mino Raiola is famous for being a tough negotiator and one that always is looking out for his own interests. Hence, in my opinion, PSG will still have to remain favorites for signing De Ligt.
That being said, if Bayern made a better offer than Barcelona and if De Ligt is more enamored with the Bavarian club than Barca, it could make his arrival to Munich a real possibility.
Let’s consider this story, “to be continued.”