Barca 'beat Juve to De Ligt'

Barcelona reportedly ‘believe’ they will beat Juventus to Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt with an offer of €60m plus bonuses.

According to Sport, Barca are aware of De Ligt’s ‘determination’ to join them and have subsequently stepped up their interest, also offering him a five-year contract with ‘a lot of objectives built in’.

Furthermore, the newspaper cites ‘sources close to the negotiations’ that state the transfer is ‘on track’ and the Catalans are ‘very optimistic’.

The Blaugrana have already completed a deal for his Ajax and Netherlands teammate Frenkie de Jong.

Juve, for their part, had seemingly set their sights on the 19-year-old but now may be forced to focus on the likes of Ruben Dias and Cristian Romero instead.

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