Liverpool to miss out on £70m-rated Ajax sensation De Ligt with Barcelona president flying to Holland to broker transfer

BARCELONA president Josep Maria Bartomeu is travelling to Holland to seal a deal for Ajax whizkid Matthijs de Ligt, according to reports.

The Dutch centre-back, 19, has been a target for Europe’s best clubs after his impressive performances in the Eredivisie and Champions League.

Barcelona have reportedly made a £51m bid to pip their rivals to De Ligt’s signature, hoping they could snap up yet another Ajax starlet.

The Catalans sealed a £65m deal for Frenkie de Jong in January and the midfield maestro will arrive at Nou Camp in the summer.

And Onda Cero report that as European giants – such as Liverpool and Juventus – are lining up to snatch De Ligt, Bartomeu is set to travel to Holland to ensure his club will win the race for the sought-after defender.

The Barca president is already in the country for talks over the possible creation of a new European Super League.

But he will use his trip as an excuse to meet with Ajax chiefs and discuss their star’s situation.

Bartomeu has previously addressed rumours claiming Barca’s interest in De Ligt, confirming the Dutchman is on Ernesto Valverde’s wishlist.

He told SER Catalunya: “His name is on the table. Where there is such talent away from Barcelona, we’re always looking at them.

“It’s a topic that will be discussed in our sports planning which begins in March, with [Frenkie] De Jong we felt we had to move quickly because there were many clubs that wanted him.”

Barca will need to stamp out up to £70m if they want De Ligt to join them alongside De Jong in the summer.

The La Liga champs are reportedly preparing a five-year deal for the wonderkid, who played a key role in Ajax’s stunning 4-1 Champions League victory at Real Madrid earlier this month.

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