Contrary to what we’ve been told in recent days, Real Madrid appear to be anything but close to fulfilling their summer transfer plans and they will come with everything they had to steal a couple of big names during the offseason, despite facing competition by other European giants. The latest reports on Real Madrid suggested that the club will be chasing the arguably most coveted player of the summer market, but perhaps the timing is not the best for them.
Believe it or not, Real Madrid have entered the race to sign Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, ahead of the player's final decision on his future. De Ligt is one of the most wanted players this summer and with plenty of teams trying to lure him, the Real Madrid addition to his list of possible destinations creates a problem for both the player and the rest of teams interested in his services.
After starring in the Eredivisie and more notably, the Champions League, last season, the Dutchman has been linked with a move to nearly all of Europe's top clubs in 2019. The list of De Ligt suitors includes Manchester City and United, Liverpool, Juventus, Bayern Munich and now Real Madrid. However, according to recent reports, Matthijs’ next destination might be either Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain.
Dutch media outlet RMC (via AS) reports that at this late stage, Los Blancos have made an inquiry to the player's representative, Mino Raiola, to check on whether De Ligt had already made a decision on his next club. They’ve been very close to Raiola in recent weeks, as the Italian agent represents Paul Pogba, too.
The Dutch international hasn’t made any official decision over his future and right now he’s on vacation with his family in Miami, so we still have to wait to know where he’ll be playing next season. As we stated before, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are the favorite clubs to land the center-back, but now knowing that arguably the biggest club in the world is interested in signing him, maybe De Ligt will start to have second thoughts.
Anyway, Madrid still have things to figure out before actually making a move for the 19-year-old. They have made the signing of a midfielder their top priority after landing all the pieces they wanted before the offseason and seeing the amount of money they have spent so far, this whole situation gets more complicated.