Liverpool transfer news: Reds urged to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax and partner him with Virgil van Dijk
Mario Melchiot believes Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt would be a perfect fit at Liverpool and has urged the Premier League side to sign him.
De Ligt is one of the most in-demand players in Europe ahead of the summer transfer window, having captained Ajax’s impressive young side to the Champions League semi-finals.
The 19-year-old has impressed with performances that belie his age, showing a calmness at the back, the ability to spark attacking moves, and an eye for a goal; he scored in Ajax’s quarter-final victory over Real Madrid earlier this year.
He has been linked with a move to Barcelona to join team-mate Frenkie de Jong, who has already agreed a €75million summer switch to Camp Nou, while a host of other European giants are also said to be interested in the youngster – including Liverpool.
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De Ligt recently stated he has yet to make a decision over his future, and is instead currently focused on the rest of the season with Ajax, ahead of their Champions League semi-final against Tottenham.
And the Reds have been urged to break the bank for the 19-year-old this summer, with Melchiot saying he’d be the perfect defensive partner for Virgil van Dijk at Anfield.
Speaking on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Chelsea and Netherlands star said: “My boys at Ajax are of course going to try and hold onto him for as long as they can, but they know they’re coming into a difficult situation with De Ligt.
“I like him as a player, he’s very smart.
“He went through a very difficult spell when he first broke through because he made a couple of mistakes for the national team so the country was jumping on his back.
“But I think that shifted his mindset and made him an even better player.
“Now, the way he’s playing right now, I think if Liverpool were smart they’ll go after him.
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“De Ligt and Van Dijk, those two together would be a great partnership.”
Van Dijk was on Sunday named PFA Player of the Year for his superb performances at the heart of the Reds’ defence. He has established himself as one of the world’s best centre-backs since joining Liverpool from Southampton last January, with Jurgen Klopp’s side conceding just 20 goals this season as they challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title.
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