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Manchester City, Barcelona ‘to lose out on Matthijs de Ligt’

Manchester City, Barcelona ‘to lose out on Matthijs de Ligt’

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Juventus are reportedly the new frontrunners to sign Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, who has also been linked with Manchester City and Barcelona.

Manchester City and Barcelona are reportedly ready to accept defeat in their pursuit of highly-rated Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.

The Netherlands international has been tipped to join both clubs after impressing for the Eredivisie giants since making his senior debut in September 2016.

Barcelona in particular were said to be closing in on the youngster but, according to Calciomercato, De Ligt has instead accepted an invitation to hold talks with Juventus.

Juve are said to be desperate to land the 19-year-old, but the Italian champions accept that it will take an offer of more than £50m to land their central-defensive target.

De Ligt has already made 54 top-flight appearances for Ajax and has been capped 11 times at senior international level.

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