Barcelona close to deal for Ajax star De Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt

While a full agreement has not yet been finalised, the La Liga champions are hoping to announce the Netherlands international in the coming days

Barcelona are close to signing Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt, Goal can confirm.

The defender has been linked to a move away from the Champions League semi-finalist with Barcelona mooted as the most likely option, following team-mate Frenkie de Jong €75 million (£65m/$85m) move to Camp Nou.

And now a source from the Catalan club consulted by Goal confirmed the signing of the Netherlands international is very close to being completed, but nothing is official yet.

Barca hope to make the announcement in coming days, with Goal previously reporting the starting price for De Ligt ranged between €70-€75 million.

Should they seal the deal, Barca will have made their second big signing away from Ajax this year, having secured the signature of De Jong, beating out the likes of Manchester City for the midfielder.