Arsenal set to compete with Manchester City for Ajax star Matthijs De Ligt

first_imgDe Ligt is valued at around £70m (Picture: Getty)However, he’d likely find game time easier to come by at the Emirates and is said to be a ‘huge admirer’ of the Gunners.De Ligt’s worked with Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars in the past, who have given him glowing references of life at Arsenal.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe 19-year-old has made a stunning start to his career at Ajax and is already the captain of the Dutch giants.The centre-back became the first defender to win the Golden Boy award in 2018.MORE: Manchester United open talks with Juventus over Paulo Dybala transfer and could offer Romelu Lukaku in deal Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 16 Feb 2019 11:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link647Shares Advertisement Matthijs de Ligt is a target for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are set to rival Manchester City for the signature of Ajax star Matthijs De Ligt – provided the Gunners can qualify for the Champions League next season.Finances are tight at the Emirates and Unai Emery has been told he will have a budget of around £40million – plus any additional funds raised from player departures – if the club finish outside the top four or fail to win the Europa League.However, his budget will be approximately £100m should he reinstate the club into the Champions League and Emery has identified De Ligt as answer to Arsenal’s defensive problems, according to the Sun.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Dutchman has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, who recently signed team-mate Frenkie De Jong but Manchester City have emerged as favourites for the defender as they seek a long-term replacement for Vincent Kompany.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal set to compete with Manchester City for Ajax star Matthijs De Ligt Commentlast_img

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