Sarri told De Ligt ‘made for English football’ and Chelsea get £60 million transfer message over Barcelona deal

Dutch football journalist Marcel van der Kraan has told the likes of Chelsea that Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt ‘is made for English football’

His displays this season have led to a lot of transfer speculation that we, along with most of Europe, are all interested in trying to secure a transfer deal at the end of the season as they we seek to bolster their back-lines.

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But Van der Kraan insists the youngster would be the perfect signing for a Premier League club, saying whoever he joins will be getting ‘another Virgil van Dijk’.

He Said on the TalkSport website “We think Barcelona will be knocking on the door again next week to finish another transfer. They like him. They like him a lot.

“Juventus have already tried to get him.

“The player has actually been surprised that none of the big Premier League clubs have knocked on the door with similar offers.

“I think Matthijs de Ligt is absolutely made for English football.

“He is an absolute force, he’s physically stronger than anybody in that Ajax team and the attacking power he has at corners and set pieces – the way he headed in that second goal which helped Ajax into the semi-final, it was phenomenal.

“You have another Van Dijk coming to the Premier League if you get Matthijs de Ligt.”

Meanwhile, Barcelona President Joesp Bartomeu has told boss Maurizio Sarri that they will not be selling French defender Unai Emery during the summer transfer window.

With Sarri looking to spend some serious money during the summer transfer window, there has been some speculation in the media that the Italian boss is seeking to add some world class defenders to his squad, with Umtiti high up on the shopping list.

But Bartomeu is adamant that Barca are planning to keep Umtiti.

‘He renewed him before the World Cup, he has four years left on his contract and there is no Umtiti issue,’ Bartomeu told TVE.

‘Now he has to recover from his injury as we want to have him in the best form possible. Having Umtiti and [Clement] Lenglet on the left [side of central defence] is a guarantee and I would like him to continue.’

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