Manchester United are still in the race to sign in-demand centre-back

Manchester United remain in the race to sign Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, according to the Daily Telegraph (opens in new tab).

The Ajax captain is one of the most in-demand players in Europe at present, having helped the Amsterdam outfit win a domestic double and reach the Champions League semi-finals this season.

Barcelona have long been leading the race for his signature, while Liverpool and Juventus have also been linked with the 19-year-old. 

It was previously reported that United had lost ground in the battle to acquire De Ligt after failing to qualify for the Champions League.

However, the Netherlands international has not ruled out a move to Old Trafford and is said to still be interested in the possibility of joining United.

The news comes as a major boost to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is keen to bolster his defensive options ahead of 2019/20.

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Greg Lea

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).