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Barcelona is close to signing Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt, after having already snapped up his teammate, Frenkie de Jong in a €75 million (£65m/$85m) deal.

Matthias De-Ligt

The defender has been linked with a move away from the Champions League semi-finalists.

It was disclosed that the signing of the Netherlands international centre-back is close to completion, although nothing is concrete as yet.

The report also claims that the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, met with a Barca delegation consisting of Pep Segura, Eric Abidal, Oriol Grau and Ramon Planas on April 12 in Monte Carlo.

The 19-year-old defender has seen his stock continue to rise this season as he captained the Dutch side to the Champions League semi-final.

Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar has already admitted that De Ligt was playing in his final games for the club and that he hoped the defender would go out on a high.

The former Manchester United goalkeeper went as far as saying that De Ligt would be heading for a move to either England or Spain .

Although Liverpool, Bayern and Juve have all made enquiries recently, De Ligt’s clear preference is Barca and the Spanish champions could even announce his arrival in the next few days.

Confirmation of the deal will mean the Catalans will have secured their second big signing from Ajax, having already won the race to sign De Jong, who will join up with his new team-mates in the summer.

Despite their Champions League semi-final agony, the pair will leave the Dutch side having secured silverware in their final campaign.

Ajax won the KNVB Beker on May 5 with a 4-0 victory over Willem II and are set to complete a domestic double when the Eredivisie season comes to a close on Wednesday.

Despite not having mathematically secured the title, Ajax hold a three-point advantage over

PSV heading into their final game against De Graafschap, while their goal difference is 14 better off than their nearest challengers for the league.

meanwhile, claims that Barca hope to make the announcement in the coming days, once Ajax have been confirmed as champions of the Eredivisie.

By Olukayode Oniwinde

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