From Italy: Manchester City up the ante in chase for Ajax sensation with €60m offer

Manchester City are pressing ahead with plans to sign Ajax sensation Matthijs de Ligt, an often-linked player in recent weeks, and are offering big money, Italian outlet TMW reports.

It is reported that Tottenham have already had a €55million bid rejected for De Ligt, widely considered to be the best upcoming centre-back in Europe.

And despite a less than ideal relationship between De Ligt’s agent, the notorious Mino Raiola, and Pep Guardiola, City have stepped forward with a mammoth offer of €60million (£52.6million).

Despite the figure said to be on offer, Ajax are inclined to reject it according to TMW, a site well-known for its ties with agents around Europe.

Juventus also want the 18-year-old Netherlands defender, but with his price-tag escalating they are now pretty much out of the running.

There have been conflicting reports on just how serious City are about De Ligt, with the word from the club and Pep Guardiola himself being that only a couple of major signings – namely Jorginho and Riyad Mahrez if all goes to plan – will arrive.

A caveat that has been mentioned is that City could go for De Ligt if one of their defenders picks up an injury during the summer – Vincent Kompany has one, but it doesn’t appear too bad – or if rivals make a move for De Ligt – which Tottenham appear to have.

De Ligt may not be seen as a necessity this summer for a squad that features Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, but he is considered an elite prospect and if this summer is City’s only chance to acquire him, it could force them to make their move.

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