Transfer News: Barcelona To Make A Bid For Ajax's Matthijs De Ligt

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Barcelona are set to strengthen their ranks with yet another Dutch youngster, as the team's president is bound to travel to the Netherlands to formally negotiate for Ajax's Matthijs de Ligt.

The team was expected to make a bid for the center-back further in the summer but, given for what they've seen from the wonderkid, it looks like they just can't wait a single minute before securing a deal for one of Europe's most promising players.

Following quite an impressive stint with Ajax and earning a national team call, De Ligt is considered one of the most prolific stoppers in the world even despite his tender age, with teams of the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus also following his footsteps.

The Dutch really impressed in the UEFA Champions League against their longtime rivals Real Madrid, so Josep Maria Bartomeu didn't want to waste more time and is scheduling a meeting to personally make a €60m bid for the 19-year-old center back, as per Onda Cero.

Bartomeu was already set to visit the Netherlands as he was supposed to discuss the potential creation of the European Super League, so he's keen to make the most of his spare time and reach out to Ajax for their standout prospect.

Moreover, the team has already secured another Dutch promise by completing the signing of Frenkie de Jong earlier in the season, and him being so close to De Ligt, it wouldn't be shocking to see the center-back keen to join him in Camp Nou.

However, De Ligt would have to earn his minutes as Clement Lenglet is having an outstanding season and sending Gerrard Pique to the bench won't be an easy decision for Ernesto Valverde.

The Blaugranas have a long story of signing Dutch players, with Patrick Kliuvert, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Marc Overmars and Edgar Davids as just a few of them.