Barcelona's director of football
Clubs across Europe have taken notice of the 19-year-old in recent years following his rise through the ranks in Amsterdam, where he is now captain of
Catalunya Radio show "El Club de la Mitjanit" (via ESPN) recently claimed that Barcelona's
Abidal travelled out to Amsterdam for the meeting as Barcelona grow increasingly desperate to tie down the next generation of stars.
The club are said to be worried that the talent pool in their infamous La Masia academy isn't what it used to be, and this has prompted the club to try and poach the best young players from across Europe ahead of their rivals.
This ethos has already seen the likes of Ousmane Dembélé
The potential arrival of de Ligt would help soften the blow of Gerard Piqué's
That will leave just French pair Samuel Umtiti and Clément Lenglet to fight alongside de Ligt for a place in the club's first team, something which will open the door for the likes of Ronald Araújo, Chumi or Jorge Cuenca from Barcelona's second team.