Liverpool grow in confidence as Barcelona fight to seal deal for Matthijs de Ligt – report

Matthijs de Ligt

Liverpool have not given up hope of signing Matthijs de Ligt this summer, with Barcelona yet to agree a deal for the Ajax captain.

The La Liga champions have long been favourites to win the race for the sought-after centre-back, but they are yet to agree terms with the player.

According to Mundo Deportivo (opens in new tab)De Ligt is seeking assurances over playing time and salary before he commits his future to the club.

And although Barcelona remain in pole position to secure the teenager's services, Liverpool have been buoyed by the fact that his future has still not been resolved.

The chance to partner Netherlands team-mate Virgil van Dijk at Anfield has supposedly tempted De Ligt.

However, Barcelona still believe they can resolve any outstanding issues before the Nations League Finals begin next month.

Ajax will be crowned Eredivisie champions on Wednesday unless they lose to De Graafschap, PSV beat Heracles and there is a 15-goal swing between the sides.

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Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).