Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt

Man City leading Arsenal in the race to sign ‘the new van Dijk’

Now I’m not so sure, but Manchester City might just win the league this year, and by a country mile too, but as they say, from a position of strength, strengthen, and that just what it seems like Pep Guardiola is planning on.

The Citizens have splashed the cash left, right and centre, and that statement is no more true than when speaking about their defence, when Pep Guardiola has spent a nice round £50m on each of the right back, left back, and two central defenders in the last two years.

According to reports today, City are interested in signing a player who has been dubbed as ‘the new Virgil van Dijk.’ The player in question is Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.

The 18-year-old has been linked with a move to Barcelona as a potential replacement for Samuel Umtiti, who in turn has been linked with a move to Manchester United. The Dutchman is also thought to be attracting attention from Arsenal.

However, according the Sunday Mirror, it is Manchester City who are leading the race to secure his signature this summer.

Meanwhile, it has been claimed that the 6ft 1 defender, who recently featured against England for the Netherlands, has informed his agent that he is not interested int a move to Barcelona and has said he is not motivated by money.

De Ligt, who currently earns a relatively modest £15,000-a-week, has recently said: “I am going to make a decision with my head, not based on money offers.

“I think some players would be tempted when they get massive offers. But compared to ordinary people I think I earn a huge wage right now, anyway.

“My next step just has to be right for me when I look at the team and where and how I will live.”

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