Juventus 'close in on signing of £62m Matthijs de Ligt'

Real Madrid De Ligt

Real Madrid De Ligt

With a bidding war imminent, French media outlet RMC has stated Madrid have been in touch with De Ligt's advisors to try and find out if he is any closer to a decision and, with that information in hand, will consider making an offer of their own.

Firstly, they are prepared to meet the monetary demands of the Dutch centre back and his agent Mino Raiola.

PSG have emerged as favourites for De Ligt after tabling an offer worth €220,000-a-week.

Moreover, the report claims that they are also prepared to meet Raiola's exorbitant agent fee to see the transfer through.

De Ligt is currency on holiday in Miami - and the defender will make a decision on his future in the coming days.

With Pique, Lenglet, Umtiti and Todibo competing for spots at Barcelona, that is a luxury the Catalan club can not offer.

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It is believed United are in contention to sign the Dutchman, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately in need of defensive reinforcements at Old Trafford.

Last week, it was reported that Paris Saint-Germain have offered a huge £340,000 a week, five year deal to De Ligt, according to the Guardian.

But De Ligt's move to Barcelona has become complicated, allowing other clubs back into the race, and it appears he will now choose Juventus.

Last season de Ligt was part of the Ajax team that won the Eredivisie and the Dutch Cup, in addition to reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Many have been left baffled by Leicester's asking price, which would make Maguire the most expensive defender in football history, yet Castles wouldn't rule United out of paying it.

"And I think that should tell you why that would be a very unusual deal for Manchester United to do, although I would absolutely not rule them out of making that move".

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