There are no signs of slowing down of Matthijs de Ligt to Manchester United rumour. And if rumours are to believe, Manchester United are offering enormous wages for the Netherlands international to lure him to Old Trafford.
According to sports journalist Juan Manuel Diaz, Manchester United are offering a staggering sum of €14 million to Matthijs de Ligt as his wages. The monstrous wages are threatening FC Barcelona as the club is reluctant to meet the demands of the player and his agent Mini Raiola.
FC Barcelona secured the deal for Frenkie de Jong, Ajax midfielder, in the ongoing summer transfer window. Soon after the agreement, FC Barcelona reached a verbal agreement with de Jong’s teammate, Matthijs de Ligt. However, the deal is not moving further ahead after both Matthijs de Ligt and his agent are demanding increased wages.
De Ligt is enjoying the breakthrough season in the Eredivisie. The 19-year-old player attracted the attention of every other giant clubs such as FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus from his extraordinary performances in Champions League. In Champions League, de Ligt has 1.5 tackles per game. He also registered 1.4 interceptions per game. He held the back line of the Ajax Amsterdam very strong and marshaled the troops into the last 4 of the UCL.
Matthijs de Ligt's Eredivisie season by numbers:
2970 minutes played
130 aerials won
90% pass accuracy
71% tackles won
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The breakthrough season has created the clouds over de Ligt’s Barcelona move. Mino Raiola, the agent of de Ligt, is demanding the increase of wages for the player. FC Barcelona were confident of negotiating a deal worth €70 million for the defender. However, with Manchester United entering the fray, the complete scenario has changed.
The Old Trafford based outfit is offering a lucrative offer worth €14 million per year for the Ajax defender. Barcelona are not ready to pay this huge wages as they believe that this could bring the wage parity with other players. The lucrative deal for a 19-year-old could cause unrest in the club. Also, the president of Blaugrana wants to stick to the old deal.
Manchester United shipped in more than 50 goals and had less clean sheets in the Premier League 2018-19. The club has to sort out the defense before the season commences on July 1. Ed Woodward is looking for many players like Kalidou Koulibaly, Varane but no deal has been finalised in the transfer window as of now. Signing De Ligt from Ajax would be a masterstroke from Ed Woodward.
On the other hand, De Ligt has to choose which club he will play in 2019-20. Both the clubs, Manchester United and FC Barcelona, have a rich footballing history. In the end, De Ligt might have to choose between Messi or money.