Spanish champions Barcelona have ended their interest in highly rated Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs De Ligt this summer according to the latest reports emanating from the media in Spain.

According to trusted Spanish news outlet Marca, Barcelona pulled out of a deal for De Ligt because the teenager was demanding for too much money.

Matthijs De Ligt was said to have demanded €12m per annum in salary in addition to a transfer fee between €70m to €75m.

Barcelona have decided to move on to other targets like Antoine Griezmann and Neymar.

According to the Spanish La Liga giants, the transfer fee initially earmarked for Matthijs De Ligt can be spent on the transfer of either Griezmann or Neymar who’s keen to return to the Nou Camp after two years with French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

Juventus and PSG are now the top two favourites for Matthijs De Ligt though the strain in the relationship between PSG officials and the player’s agent Mino Raiola has swung the battle in favour of the Italian Serie A giants.

The Italians are expected to announce his signing in the coming days after a £62m (€70m) agreement was reached between Ajax Amsterdam and Juventus who have won the last eight league titles in a row in the top flight of Italian football.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.