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Agent wants De Ligt to choose Man United over Barcelona

TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 16: Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax celebrates victory with his team mates after the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Juventus and Ajax at Allianz Stadium on April 16, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 16: Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax celebrates victory with his team mates after the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Juventus and Ajax at Allianz Stadium on April 16, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Cape Town - Mino Raiola, the agent of highly rated Matthijs de Ligt, wants the young Ajax Amsterdam defender to move to Manchester United instead of Barcelona.

De Ligt has emerged as one of the brightest young talents across Europe during his time as Ajax after a number of brilliant performances, one of which came in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg win over Spurs.

Named Ajax captain as a teenager, the centre-half has attracted reported interest from Barcelona, Manchester United and numerous other clubs.

According to a report from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are still considered the clear frontrunners to land De Ligt, having already captured the signature of his team-mate Frenkie de Jong in a €75 million deal.

The player himself is also believed to favour a move to the Nou Camp, though he has spoken fondly of Liverpool in the past, and Ajax coach Ronald de Boer recently suggested that a move to the Premier League would be best for the highly-rated defender.

However, the report goes on to state that his agent Mino Raiola has his own agenda as per usual, and would rather see his client sold to United, Juventus or Bayern Munich over Barcelona.

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