Matthijs de Ligt is Barca’s top priority amid Samuel Umtiti’s injury crisis
Samuel Umtiti’s persistent knee injury is a concern for Barcelona. And, the player himself has refused to go for an operation and he’d like to continue with his normal healing in Doha. It left Los Cules in a distress and they don’t know when he’ll back on the pitch. Another centre-back option, Thomas Vermaelen has never been injury-free. It left Barcelona with only two regular centre-backs in Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet at back and no one to support them at the bench. They are forced to go for a centre-back in next transfer window, and Ajax’s star centre-back Matthijs de Ligt is their top priority.
Spanish outlet Sport reports, “Barca are willing to make effort to ensure the future of Matthijs de Ligt is at Camp Nou. The contact with the player and his agent, Mino Raiola is constant but in the coming days an even more important step could be taken, with Raiola expected to meet Barca officials.”
The report also adds that Barcelona is in a hurry to close the preferential deal in January 2019. Umtiti’s rigidness is not helping them and they don’t know when Frenchman will be available for them. They are in hurry to grab a centre-back to stop leaking goals which has become a consistent problem for them in Frenchman’s absence.
De Ligt is the most sought after prospect and many big European clubs are chasing him. Barcelona don’t want to lose the opportunity when they know that he’s available and they need him. It’s a perfect marriage.
Ajax centre-back has also revealed his liking for Barcelona. In a recent talk with ELF Voetbal Magazine, he said, “Ajax’s style of play is similar to Barcelona’s. High press, a high defensive line, and a high level of ball possession.”
He also admired Gerard Pique and told them that he is similar to him. The 6 feet 2 inch, 19-year-old star said, “I’m similar to him [Pique]. I like to carry the ball out from the back. Defensively, I am strong and, like Gerard, I also started as a midfielder.”
However, Raiola’s meeting with Barca officials can also serve the purpose for future decision about Xavi Simons. Barcelona academy player is also represented by Mino Raiola, and he is attracting the eyebowls of many European clubs as well. they may talk over his future agreement with the club as well. Meanwhile, Matthijs de Ligt acquisition will be the key talk during the meeting.
If the meeting goes well, Ajax can come into the picture. Ajax have reached to the last 16 of UEFA Champions League 2018/19 campaign, and they wouldn’t like to lose one of their prized possession in mid-season. De Ligt is their most important player to continue with the successful season in Europe’s top tier after a long time, and they’re never going to allow him to leave. They may talk about him next summer.