With the football transfer window now open, clubs are getting their business done early in an attempt to start preparations for the beginning of next season. Liverpool have brought in Fabinho, Manchester United have quickly snapped up Diego Dalot and Brazilian Fred, Arsenal have brought in a new manager Unai Emery and Manchester City appear to be closing in on deals for Napoli midfielder Jorginho and Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez. With the summer window comes a plethora of speculation linking players with moves across the globe.
One teenager who is reported to be a target of Europe’s elite clubs is Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt, the 18-year-old centre back is already captain of Ajax after bursting in to the first team last year. The youngster hit the ground running and even played a part in Ajax reaching the final of the Europa League in the 2016-17 season, even securing a place in the Europa League squad of the season. De Ligt is known for his intelligent reading of the game, physical attributes and his excellent passing range (the highest % passing accuracy for a defender in Eredivisie last season).
De Ligt shows all the promise of becoming a world class centre-back and if any club plans on signing him, it will make a heavy dent in their transfer budget. Tottenham have already had a €55m bid rejected and appear to have given up on signing the Dutch international. Manchester City are reported to have made a £52.6m bid by TMW despite the club denying that they are targeting a centre-back.
De Ligt would be a risk, Manchester City have already broken their transfer record on Aymeric Laporte as well as spending £50m on John Stones and around the £30m mark on Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi. There’s no question that City are willing to spend the money and the risk of losing out on such a talented youngster might just tempt the Manchester club to splash out again, increasingly if manager Pep Guardiola opts for a formation that requires three centre-backs next season.
With the transfer window still open for nearly three months inevitably speculation will go and signings will be made, with the World Cup around the corner the chance for player value inflation from that could see new targets rise. Betting apps offer prices on lots of potential transfer dealings and if you are placing a bet on your phone try bet365 mobile.