Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars has confirmed Chelsea target Matthijs de Ligt will follow Frenkie de Jong and sign with a “top club”.
De Ligt is regarded as one of the finest young defenders in world football and is tipped to become one of the best in world football after a stunning first few seasons with the Dutch giants, who have just knocked out Real Madrid in the Champions League in sensational fashion.
We are in the market for a new defender during the summer transfer window as there is some doubt about the quality of David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger, who have been very unimpressive at times this season for the Blues.
And we have been boosted in their chase for De Ligt after former Arsenal player Overmars, who is now the sporting director at Ajax, has claimed that De Ligt will follow De Jong out the transfer door and onto a big club.
“We don’t need to sell him,” Overmars said in quotes cited by AS.
“We don’t need money, but I know he’ll go to a top club. Selling our best players? We don’t want to, but we have no choice.”
Meanwhile, Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon expects target Gareth Bale to leave the club this summer due to fans’ disappointment with his “lack of commitment”.
Bale has had another indifferent season at the Bernabeu and is heavily tipped to leave the Spanish giants at the end of the season, as Madrid seek to make room for the likes of Christian Eriksen, Eden Hazard or Neymar, who have all been linked with possible moves.
We are just one of a number of clubs that are reportedly interested in trying to secure a deal for the Welshman, although his agent Jonathan Barnett has claimed that no Premier League side could afford his massive £650,000-a-week wages.
However, former Madrid President Calderon has admitted that he expects to see Bale depart the club.
He was quoted on the Sky Sports website: “It’s true that he wasn’t the leader people expected here after Cristiano (Ronaldo’s) departure.
“He showed a lack of commitment. People are not happy – they saw how he shrugged off his team-mates when they went to celebrate a goal with him last La Liga match and also (his) injuries.
“It’s a pity. I don’t see him here next season unfortunately.”
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