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Jermaine Jenas: "Harry Maguire is better than Matthijs De Ligt"

Jermaine Jenas:

Liverpool target Matthijs de Ligt looks set to be on the move this summer, however, it appears as if the defender may well be heading to Spain over England.

And Barcelona are now on the verge of completing a move for De Jong's team-mate for club and country.

And now a source from the Catalan club consulted by Goal confirmed the signing of the Netherlands global is very close to being completed, but nothing is official yet.

There have been conversations, but there is still no agreement, ' De Ligt said at the weekend about interest from Barca. That's to pair Van Dijk with his global teammate Matthijs de Ligt.

That run almost continued to the final in Madrid, but a Lucas Moura goal deep in stoppage time saw Ajax eliminated in heartbreaking fashion against Tottenham.

"I think these will be de Ligt's final games with Ajax, but I hope he goes out on a high", director of football Edwin van der Sar admitted in the week.

Not that we'd want to encourage any unnecessary excitement... but Van Dijk plays on the left of central defence, and De Ligt on the right so it would work.

Some of the top executives at Camp Nou flew to Amsterdam to meet with representatives of both Ajax and De Ligt to discover how much the deal would cost, and they are thought to have been quoted a fee of around €75m, similar to that paid for teammate Frenkie de Jong in January.

Despite their Champions League heartbreak, the pair will exit Ajax having netted silverware in their final campaign.

Ajax have virtually won the Eredivisie after beating Utrecht at home, while their closes challenger, PSV Eindhoven, lost to AZ Alkmaar.



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