The ball is in De Ligt's court

Frenkie de Jong Matthijs de Ligt Cristiano Ronaldo

Frenkie de Jong Matthijs de Ligt Cristiano Ronaldo

But De Ligt is not sure where he wants to play next and will take his time in making a decision.

De Ligt made 55 appearances for Ajax this season, netting seven times from defence as well as providing four assists. Several elite European clubs like Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid have been linked with the center-back, but according to the latest reports, it is Barcelona who will be signing the star this summer. "I do not know when I'll have it resolved, but I'm going to take my time".

Whatever the case may be, no Manchester United fan truly believed their side was in for De Ligt's signature.

Matthijs de Ligt insists he is yet to decide which club he will join in the coming months, although he will not allow kind words from Cristiano Ronaldo or Frenkie de Jong to sway him.

'Of course it would be nice to play with De Jong and [Lionel] Messi at Barcelona, but I must look at what is best for me'. "Maybe it's not the right time, it is something I have to think about and decide on while I'm on holiday, nothing else", the Dutch defender commented to "Mundo Deportivo".

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Any approach will not come cheap, though, with mounting interest in the 19-year-old centre-half set to keep pushing his asking price up.

'The most important thing is knowing in the team where you go [that] you will have prominence and play many games.

In your view, should Solskjaer move to sign Van de Beek?

Barcelona have great defenders and it is logical and normal that there is competition, but it is not something that frightens me.

United are desperate to strengthen their side this summer after a dismal season which saw them finish sixth in the Premier League.

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