Real Madrid and Barcelona have a long history about going back and forth to try and compete with themselves, and according to the latest reports, the never-ending dispute is bound to go even further.
With Barcelona’s chairman Josep Maria Bartomeu scheduled to have a meeting with Ajax regarding Matthijs de Ligt’s future, it looks like Florentino Perez has decided to enter the race to sign the standout youngster.
De Ligt has been a Barcelona target for quite some time now after the Catalans completed the signing of Frenkie de Jong, one of his teammates and closest friends.
But now, with Raphael Varane bound to make a move out of Santiago Bernabeu, Perez is keen to bring another defender even despite completing a move for Porto’s Eder Militao.
The Dutch has turned a lot of heads, especially when he led Ajax in the round-of-16 of the UEFA Champions League to knock out Real Madrid from the competition.
Moreover, he’s earned a call up to the Netherland’s national team and is one of the most experienced young players in the world at such a tender age.
Barcelona are already in talks to sign him, but Real Madrid would be willing to pay a higher price for his services, offering a bid around the 70m mark, as per Sport.
Real Madrid are keen to strengthen their team in order to go back to their old dominant self, with players of the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar Jr, Felipe Anderson, Harry Kane, Eden Hazard, Paul Pogba, and Christian Eriksen also flying under the radar.
Following one of their worst seasons in modern history under Santiago Solari, it looks like Zinedine Zidane won’t hesitate to spend a lot of money in this summer transfer window to bring back the Galacticos and rule Europe once again.