Now that Barcelona have signed Frenkie de Jong, everybody’s talking about Matthijs de Ligt, Ajax’s stunning center-back and one of the most promising defenders in the world. That’s why, according to Ronald de Boer, he could be a difference-maker on any big team in the world right now.
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According to de Boer, he should be worthy of, at least, an €85 million (£73m/$95m) bid from teams like Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona or Manchester City.
“For me, a 19-year-old boy, captain of Ajax, he’s the guy who is next to (Virgil) van Dijk in the (Dutch) national team. He’s so strong, determined to be a winner, unbelievable. You can see it in front of the camera, his interviews, I’ve never seen it from a 19-year-old boy. For me, he can play in every team, if he goes to a defending or attacking team. He’s so good. He can easily come to the Premier League – he can choose any team in the world,” de Boer told TalkSPORT.
The Dutch had quite a successful tenure at Barcelona back in the day and praised the team for securing the signing of Frenkie de Jong, claiming they might as well double their bet on Dutch talent and sign de Ligt as well:
“Frenkie de Jong went for €75 million and that can go up to €85m at Barcelona. But in my opinion, De Ligt is further in his qualities and is more ready to make that step than Frenkie de Jong. For De Ligt, it’s up to him what he wants to do. He has to look for a team that plays attacking football and has time on the ball. For me (he can go to)Barcelona, Manchester City, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, these teams I would advise him to go there. But I mean all the other teams, even Tottenham, they’re great teams to play for,” he added.
De Ligt is one of the main reasons why Ajax have been able to upset European giants of the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus, and they’ll now try to make it to the UCL Finals after reaching the semifinals for the first time in 22 years.