Matthijs de Ligt is probably this summer’s hottest name on the transfer market, and rightfully so. The dutch international is just 19 years old and is already considered one of the best centerbacks in the world. This season he captained Ajax to an Eredivisie championship and was just seconds away from going to the Champions League Final, but Tottenham had other ideas.
Ajax is set to cash in on their £75m-rated centerback this summer, and all the top clubs in the world are interested in him, including Liverpool, according to The Mirror. Until recently, it looked like it was a race between PSG and Barcelona to sign the defender, but Liverpool and Manchester United have entered into the conversation given that de Ligt wants to play in the Premier League.
Anytime you have clubs of these stature in talks with a player, you know the wages and transfer fee are going to be massive. And that’s exactly why you should probably not take Liverpool’s interest very seriously. It’s reported that PSG have offered him £256k a week, with Manchester United offering him £230k a week, and Barcelona less than that. The player is represented by superagent Mino Raiola, who always looks to make a splash in the market by securing very lucrative deals for his clients.
Signing de Ligt could cause a bit of tension for Liverpool. Bringing in a teenager on those massive wages doesn’t seem to be the way Liverpool do their dealings, considering Mo Salah’s on £200k a week and Virgil van Dijk is on £150k. Would Liverpool be willing to upset the apple cart to bring in a once in a generation type talent? Perhaps. Is it a good idea? I don’t think so.