Manchester United can sign Matthijs de Ligt on one condition — ESPN pundit

Manchester United can sign Matthijs de Ligt on one condition — ESPN pundit

Manchester United appear to have been defeated in their efforts to sign 19-year-old Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt this summer after the coveted centre-back was reported to have turned down their advances because has "no interest" in moving to Old Trafford.

"Barcelona need a lot of good defenders and they need De Ligt".

Further, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoys a cult following at Old Trafford, his relative inexperience at managerial positions at the top clubs will mean that promising players wouldn't want to make a move exclusively based on a desire to play under the Norwegian.

United were even willing to hand the teenager a five-year-deal worth £250,000-a-week, making him the highest paid teenager in world football.

The Dutch star though, is of the opinion that United are not as attractive a proposition as they once were, suggested by the fact that they have missed out on Champions League football for next season.

"Matthijs is going to become the best defender in the world". The simplest bit of movement from De Ligt allowed him to escape Trippier among the bodies and beat a static Dele Alli to the ball in the air.

"He knows he is in a strong bargaining position because his stock has risen so fast".

However, De Ligt decided against joining the Manchester-based club as they are set to miss out on Champions League action. "He's one of the most in demand stars on the planet".

The Spanish champions have lodged a bid of £70m, and De Ligt is understood to be keen on the move.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately needs reinforcements this summer and the defence is one area that needs significant strengthening.

Barca and Raiola have parked negotiations until next week for now, with the club focusing on Tuesday's match against Liverpool - and De Ligt and Ajax preparing for Tottenham's visit to Amsterdam on Wednesday. Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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