Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt

De Ligt addresses ‘funny’ transfer rumours

In-demand defender Matthijs de Ligt has described the speculation surrounding his future as ‘funny’.

The Dutch defender is one of the most sought after players in the game at the moment following his stellar performances this season, captaining Ajax to a league and cup double as well as reaching the Champions League semi-finals.

He has been strongly linked to follow in his Ajax teammate Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona this summer, where it has been suggested that he has already agreed personal terms with the La Liga champions.

However, reports over the weekend have claimed that he could opt for a move to Manchester United after they offered him a deal worth €14m per year (£236,000-a-week), with the Red Devils trying to utilise their relationship with Ajax CEO and former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar to broker a deal.

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Speaking about the speculation surrounding his future, the 19-year-old said people should take reports with ‘a grain of salt’ and has insisted he is focussing on the Netherlands’ UEFA Nations League campaign next month.

“I have read the reports about Manchester United,” De Ligt told FOX Sports.

“I have seen the salary I would get, too. Would you take it?

“People should take these reports with a grain of salt. The stories are funny though.

“Everyone has been talking about my future for a year now. One day I will go there, and the next day I will go somewhere else. I have made quite a tour through Europe haven’t I?

“My focus is on the Nations League and after that I will see what will happen.”