Manchester United didn't sign De Ligt due to fears over his weight

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Barcelona are also keen to capture Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, who is also a target for Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham. That's to pair Van Dijk with his worldwide teammate Matthijs de Ligt.

The 19-year-old's Ajax teammate Frenkie de Jong has already agreed to join Barcelona in the summer, and the Spanish giants are desperate to use their links with Ajax to secure the services of de Ligt.

The same article states that the club's Dutch scout Marcel Brand recommended the 19-year-old to the 20-time English champions following De Ligt's impressive performances for Ajax.

Many believe De Ligt will follow suit but the centre-back calmed those expectations on Sunday.

'I don't know yet.

"There have been conversations, but there is still no agreement".

Chief executive Edwin van der Sar reckons his golden goose will move to either the Premier League or La Liga this summer.

"If I were in charge of Manchester City, I would take Maguire over De Ligt".

"He's been here since he was a child and will end up at a big club".

Manchester United, for whom a new central defender is a priority this summer, are said to be in the running to sign De Ligt but, apparently, they could have added the young Dutchman to their squad last season for significantly cheaper. "I think he'll go to England or Spain".

Speaking in the BBC studio, Jenas explained: "He is a top player".

He specifically stated that a move to Liverpool 'could happen', sending the Anfield faithful into a frenzy. He plays for Liverpool.

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