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.
Solskjaer Not Convinced This £100m-rated Star Will Solve Man United’s Creativity Problems
Manchester United manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer, who could be shown the exit door due to poor results, is far from convinced with what he has seen from Ajax youngster Donny Van de Beek so far this season.
The Dutchman was linked with a switch to the Old Trafford outfit in the summer but the Norwegian tactician turned down the chance to capture his services.
According to British media The Mirror, Solskjaer was pleased with the fact that Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay were available ahead of the season, hence, he kicked against splashing £35m on the midfielder.
Unfortunately, the decision seemed to have backfired judging by the team’s lack of creativity in the middle of the pitch.
Despite the current uninspiring form at Old Trafford, reports claimed that Solskjaer isn’t ready to change his mind and he won’t be competing with Real Madrid for the Ajax youngster when the winter transaction period commences in January.
Real Madrid are now tipped as the possible destination for the Dutchman who helped Ajax to a semifinal spot in last season’s Champions League competition.
The Los Blancos are told to offer an increased price of £100m by the Eredivisie side if they must lure the young midfielder to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Europa League: Young Nigerian Attacker Stars In Emphatic Arsenal Win
Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka was the star of the show as the Gunner got their Europa League campaign off to an excellent start.
The Nigerian attacker inspired Arsenal to a 3-0 win over hosts Eintracht Frankfurt FC of Germany in their opening game in Group F.
Arsenal were beaten finalists from last year in the Europa League, while Eintracht Frankfurt reached the semifinals of the competition.
The Gunners were able to navigate a tricky away fixture against Eintracht Frankfurt buoyed by the brilliance of Bukayo Saka who was making his first start for Arsenal this season.
He was part of an Arsenal front three including leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Emile Smith-Rowe.
Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez made some saves to keep the scoreline at goalless before young midfielder Joe Willock gave the Gunners the lead with seven first half minutes to go off an assist from Bukayo Saka.
The Gunners also had Emiliano Martinez to thank for keeping the hosts at bay with some commanding goalkeeping.
Bukayo Saka then went from provider to goalscorer in the final ten minutes of the game shortly after Eintracht Frankfurt had been reduced to ten men.
Midfielder Dominik Kohr was sent off for two yellow cards.
Saka scored the second goal off an assist from summer signing and second half substitute Nicholas Pepe before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wrapped up the victory off another assist from the impressive Bukayo Saka.
£46m Man Utd Bid Rejected For Ajax Attacker
Premier League giants Manchester United have had a big bid turned down for Ajax Amsterdam attacker David Neres according to the newest reports in the media.
David Neres has been attracting the interest of a lot of sides on the European football scene after his impressive performances for Dutch Eredivisie giants Ajax Amsterdam last season.
According to the specific publication from Yahoo Sports Brazil, Manchester United made a £46m bid for David Neres and it was immediately turned down with Ajax holding out for €70m (£64m) for him.
David Neres was said to be close to a contract extension at Ajax until the interest from Manchester United surfaced.
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David Neres had previously been linked with other Premier League teams like Everton, Arsenal and Chelsea.
The Brazilian international was a key member of the Ajax Amsterdam team that reached the semifinals of the Champions League before they were beaten by Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur over two legs.
Apart from their Champions League heroics, David Neres and Ajax Amsterdam also won two major trophies namely the Dutch Eredivisie title and the Dutch Cup title.
David Neres was part of the Brazilian squad that won the just concluded COPA America tournament on home soil.
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