Arsenal keeping close tabs on Eredivisie giants key player

Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt has reportedly appeared on Arsenal’s radar. Despite being only 18 years old, the Dutchman has already nailed down a first-team spot at the Amsterdam giants and won five Netherlands caps.

De Ligt is highly rated at Ajax, with CEO Edwin van der Sar claiming that the player “looks like he’s been [playing first-team football] for six or seven years”. This season is De Ligt’s first as regular and several clubs are believed to have watched the centre-half in action.

As the Mirror claims, the Londoners sent one of their top scouts to watch the defender in action for the Netherlands friendly against England last week. However, the report goes on to suggest that the Arsenal hierarchy feels that the teenager’s market value may now stretch beyond what they are willing to pay.

The rising star is thought to be a priority for the Gunners this summer, with 19-year-old Greece international Panagiotis Retsos of Bayer Leverkusen also believed to be on their radar.

Arsenal definitely need to strengthen defensive line and adding young and skilled players would be a wise move.