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Man City outbid Tottenham for Matthijs de Ligt

As per a report from Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb, Manchester City have tabled a massive offer for Ajax starlet Matthijs De Ligt.

World-class talent

De Ligt, an 18-year-old central defender, is widely regarded as one of, if not the most-gifted young talent in world football, with the prodigious stopper having already established himself as an ever-present in Ajax’s first-team, and racked up 7 caps for the Netherlands.

De Ligt’s combination of physique, athleticism, aggression, reading of the game and ability with the ball make him the ideal modern centre-half, with a number of Europe’s biggest clubs known to have already set their sights on the Dutch youngster.

Suitors

The likes of Barcelona, Manchester City, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Tottenham and Juventus have all been named as admirers of De Ligt’s talents over the last couple of months, with highly-respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio having confirmed earlier this week that the latter of these sides had already provided the teen with a guided tour of the club’s facilities and stadium in a bid to entice him to Turin.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – APRIL 13: Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax heads the ball during the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Ajax Amsterdam and FC Schalke 04 at Amsterdam Arena on April 13, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Etihad bound?

However, Tuttomercatoweb then went on to reveal that the Bianconeri had fallen behind Premier League outfit Tottenham in the race for De Ligt, after the North Londoners lodged a 55 million Euro offer for the Dutchman.

But, after reports began to circulate yesterday that Spurs had now dropped their interest in De Ligt due to his massive price-tag, Tuttomercatoweb have today claimed that Manchester City have subsequently swooped in with a big-money bid of their own.

The Citizens, who were not thought to be on the lookout for central defensive reinforcements, have reportedly offered Ajax 60 million Euro for their crown jewel, though the difficult relationship between Pep Guardiola and De Ligt’s agent, Mino Raiola, could make a proposed transfer to the Etihad markedly more complicated.

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