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Man Utd transfer news: Matthijs de Ligt urged to snub Old Trafford move

By CJ Smith

Published: 22:08, 8 June 2019

Frenkie de Jong has urged former Ajax team-mate Matthijs de Ligt to join him at Barcelona next season.

The Dutch pair played a key role in Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-final in the 2018/19 campaign, while Erik Ten Hag’s side also secured a domestic double.

De Ligt’s future: Five key things to know…

  1. De Ligt made 55 appearances for Ajax across all competitions last term, reaching the Champions League semi-final.
  2. The centre-back captained the Dutch giants as they won the domestic double.
  3. But now the 19-year-old is expected to leave the club.
  4. De Ligt is being linked with Man Utd, Man City and Liverpool.
  5. But De Jong would like De Ligt to join him at Barcelona.

De Jong has already completed a £65m move to Barcelona ahead of the 2019/20 season but De Ligt’s future is anything but certain, with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City all being linked with the centre-back.

But De Jong, who is currently competing in the Uefa Nations League finals alongside De Ligt, insists he would like to see the pair reunited at the Nou Camp.

“He has to make his own decisions,” De Jong said. “Of course, I would like him to come to Barcelona but we will see what happens. It’s up to him.

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“I don’t know, it’s his decision. You have to ask him about it but I hope he comes to Barca.

“Of course, we talk about it [De Ligt signing for Barcelona]. It’s not up to me to say what he’s going to do or his thoughts.

“I don’t have an influence on his choice. He has to make it on his own and with his family.”

Ajax are expected to command a £60m fee for De Ligt who, despite captaining the Amsterdam giants last season, only turns 20 in August.

As well as captaining Ajax, De Ligt played a part in Netherlands reaching the Uefa Nations League final, scoring the equaliser against England in a 3-1 win – though he had conceded a penalty for the Three Lions’ goal.