Manchester United has reportedly completed the signing of Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt. The Defender’s transfer from Ajax to Manchester United could be a done deal, according to Mundo Deportivo and Marca journalist Diego Martinez. The reporter has tweeted the news just now, stating that an announcement will most likely be held up until after upcoming international games to generate hype over the deal. Martinez has previously accurately tweeted about Alexis Sanchez joining Man Utd, so this could be exciting news for Red Devils supporters.
De Ligt is one of the most exciting talents in world football right now after a terrific season for Ajax, whom he captained to the Eredivisie title and a surprise run to the Champions League semi-finals.
De Ligt to #MUFC is a done deal pending medicals. Total agreement with Ajax, the player and Raiola. I don’t expect any news till after the International games.
In the next week or so you will see conflicting articles. This is to build hype around the deal which #MUFC want.
— Diego Martinez (@DiegoMSport) May 30, 2019
The 19-year-old looks to have a great career ahead of him and would be absolutely ideal for United right now given their problems in defence. ESPN previously also linked De Ligt with MUFC, but suggested the Premier League giants expected Barcelona to win the race for his signature. The Holland international helped his side win the Eredivisie title, while also playing a key role as they made the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Manchester United have been pushing hard to sign De Ligt, who they believe can be a mainstay of their defence for years to come. Barcelona, who were initially confident of signing the 19-year-old, are now facing a fight to get it done. Spanish journalist Diego Martinez claimed that Raiola had instructed De Ligt to play it cool in interviews to generate hype. And he has hinted that is something that will make United extremely happy.
“Lots of questions with regards to De Ligt,” he tweeted. “The interviews are to build hype, which is something that Raiola has instructed him to do! #MUFC love hype on announcements!” Martinez also answered a question about whether Raiola was using United’s interest to make Barcelona pay his client more money.
United fans will now be hoping this can be made official as soon as possible, but at the moment it’s looking pretty promising for them in pursuit of what could be one of the signings of the summer.