Man United handed chance to sign £70m-rated centre-back in summer

Ajax skipper Matthijs de Ligt reveals he may have played his last match for the Erediviise club.

The Netherlands star has been widely linked with an exit from Ajax this summer after an extraordinary season with Erik ten Hag’s team.

Barcelona have already agreed a £75 million deal to sign Frenkie de Jong and had hoped to bag him with his teammate in a double deal.

However, the Spanish champions will have to offload the likes of Philippe Coutinho to fund the move, and that’s created a window of opportunity for Manchester United.

The Dutchman has spoken of his admiration for Virgil van Dijk in the past, while Manchester United’s need for a central defender is evident.

And, after winning the league title with Ajax Matthijs de Ligt has revealed he’s held discussions to leave the club. Questioned if he had made his last appearance for the club, he replied: ‘I don’t know yet. There have been conversations, but there is still no agreement.’

Matthijs De Ligt is believed to cost in the region of £80 million, meaning he would break the world transfer record paid for a full-back.

Ajax are realistic about their chances of keeping the centre-back, but they will not sanction any further departures as they seek to preserve the squad together for at least another 12 months.

Manchester United have once passed up chance to sign Matthijs de Ligt as scout told the club chiefs that the defender had weight problem and the Red Devils abstained from signing the Dutchman.