Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp is interested in signing highly-rated Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt.
The 19-year-old centre-back has been under ongoing observation by Liverpool scouts for some time and Anfield officials are making firm enquiries behind the scenes about a possible deal for the Ajax skipper.
Securing a transfer wouldn’t come cheap and there are a host of major clubs from around Europe who are interested in him. However, there is a feeling within Anfield that De Ligt’s fellow countryman and international team-mate Virgil van Dijk could help influence the player into making the switch should a deal be brokered between Ajax and Liverpool.
Ajax, who currently sit 2nd in the Eredivisie 6 points behind leaders PSV, are in no rush to sell but offers around £70million could tempt them to do business.
There are a few reports circulating today that mention Matthijs de Ligt and that’s prompted us into publishing this article confirming our interest in him. Earlier this week information was posted on the KopTalk Members website from a well placed and reliable source who stated that Liverpool were making an attempt to recruit the player.
He said: “We are making a move for Matthijs de Ligt but there’s a lot of competition.
“I think it’s more of a let’s try and see because Barcelona have been favourites for a long while.
“He’s also previously expressed an interest in playing in La Liga.”
The source is of course correct in saying that Barcelona have a very strong interest in De Ligt. It would appear that he is a primary target of the Catalan giants and if you choose to believe the reports, De Ligt favours a move to them over other clubs that have been mooted as having an interest in him. If, however, Liverpool secure major silverware this season, that could help our pursuit in landing De Ligt.
Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal have also been linked with De Ligt but as yet, none of them appear to have made an approach.
Liverpool could finance a deal for De Ligt and it’s possible that they could beat off the competition to land him, there is though one other issue that could cause a problem; the player’s agent. De Ligt’s decision to join forces with controversial super-agent Mino Raiola will not help things. Liverpool executives allegedly have no time for him at all and it’s a feeling that appears to be shared amongst most Premier League clubs.
Despite the negatives, Liverpool are still looking at things to see if there’s a possibility of a deal somewhere down the line.
As previously reported on KOPTALK, Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Nico Elvedi (22) is also on Klopp’s radar.