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Barcelona transfer boost as De Ligt’s agent denies PSG rumours

By William Eldridge

Published: 22:35, 13 June 2019

Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt’s potential move to Paris Saint-Germain is “fake news” according to the Dutchman’s agent.

The latest twist in this ongoing transfer saga will fill La Liga champions Barcelona with further hope they can convince the talented centre-back to sign with them this summer.

Which European giant will De Ligt pick? Five things to know…

  • Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt has been heavily linked with a summer transfer away from the Eredivisie champions.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo tried to convince the defender to join him at Juventus following Portugal’s clash with the Netherlands.
  • Meanwhile Willem II player Pol Llonch believes De Ligt “hopes” to join Barcelona.
  • Former Dutch defender Jaap Stam believes the 19-year-old would be a “good fit” at Manchester United.
  • De Ligt finished with an impressive passing accuracy of 89.9% in the Eredivisie this season.

A man of De Ligt’s promising ability has naturally attracted the attention of some of the most prestigious clubs across the continent, with the likes of Barcelona, PSG, and the two Manchester clubs reportedly interested in boosting their defensive ranks with the Dutchman.

Barcelona have been long-term favourites to sign the defender but recent links with PSG have sparked the potential that a move to Catalonia could fall by the wayside.

However, De Ligt’s agent, Mino Raiola, has now confirmed that his player was far from close to completing a move to the oil-rich Ligue 1 champions, dismissing the reports as “fake news”.

In a short but defining statement to Italian outlet ANSA, he said: “This is a classic example of fake news.”

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This leaves the door open for Barcelona to continue their pursuit of De Ligt, who would become the second player to switch Ajax for Barcelona this summer should a move materialise.

Talented midfielder Frenkie De Jong agreed to join Barcelona way back in January after the two sides agreed upon a £65m transfer fee that will see 22-year-old strut his stuff on Spanish turf next season.

The two players were apart of this season’s Ajax squad who shocked all by reaching the Champions League semi-finals, defeating both Real Madrid and Juventus before crashing out of the competition with a last-minute shock defeat to eventual Premier League finalists Tottenham Hotspur.