Although his talent has been well documented for three seasons now, the 2018-19 campaign has solidified his status as arguably the most talented teenager in world football.
De Ligt's valuation has risen with Ajax's domestic double and their progress to the Champions League semi-final, and United may have to stump with a sum of around £60m to prise him away from the Dutch capital. A few days later, Catalan TV station Esport 3 reported that the player's agent, Mino Raiola, had met with Barcelona representatives in Montecarlo on April 12 to agree terms for the Ajax defender's move to Camp Nou.
The defender, linked with huge money moves to Barcelona and Manchester United, showed maturity beyond his age after captaining his side to the league title.
The fact that Manchester United can not offer De Ligt any Champions League football next season would obviously impact any potential deal, but it might not do so in as large a way as may would believe.
Speaking on BBC's Five Live Football Daily Podcast on Thursday, Balague said: "They (Barcelona) think they have De Ligt, even though both Liverpool and PSG have also been talking to him". Therefore, seeing that the situation between Barca and De Ligt seems stagnant, Juve have resumed contact with Raiola and are planning to send him an offer.
The Gunners will want to hold on to Tyreece John-Jules and Xavier Amaechi though, with new deals being prepared amid interest from Bayern Munich, according to Goal.
Addressing thousands of cheering fans in Amsterdam's main square, De Ligt delivered a powerful, moving speech while paying tribute to the legendary Johan Cruyff. At club level, de Ligt was already a widely talked about figure, having made his first-team debut aged just 17.
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