Barça will make an economic effort because they consider De Ligt the natural replacement of Gerard Piqué
FC Barcelona will try to sign Ajax centre back Matthjis de Ligt as Barcelona News Club has been informed. The club has been following the Dutch matches and his development during the last months and Barça have decided that De Ligt is a player with a great future and result impact.
Barça knows that other big European teams are following the 19-year old player, so the club has already contacted his manager Mino Raiola. Barça is ready to make an economic effort for De Ligt due to the club considers that he is the natural replacement of Gerard Piqué. Currently, Barça have four centre backs: Piqué, Samuel Umtiti, Clément Lenglet and Thomas Vermaelen. This last one finishes his contact in 2019 and he will not continue in Barcelona, so Barça wants another centre back younger and with a great result impact. Also, the club will look after Samuel Umtiti's knee injury. The medical services are optimist and it is expected to see the French back against Atlético Madrid.