Liverpool's hopes of signing Ajax's wonderkid defender
According to the Mirror, Barça see de Ligt as an ideal candidate to be Gerard Piqué's long term successor at the club, and will fight tooth and nail to beat their rivals to his signature. A number of elite clubs, include the Catalan giants, are believed to have sent scouts to watch him in action for the national team against France in their 2-0 UEFA Nations League win on Friday.
Adding fuel to the fire, Ajax sporting director Mark Overmars also admitted (via Marca) that he didn't think the club would be able to hang on to de Ligt or his similarly prodigious teammate Frenkie de Jong for much longer.
He said: "
"Last year we managed to keep the group together and we only sold (Justin) Kluivert, but it won't be possible to keep this group of talented players together for the coming years."
Meanwhile, Liverpool could turn their attentions to Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente as a possible alternative