Duncan Castles: Man United could rival Man City for 19-year-old defender

Reporter Duncan Castes believes Man United could be interested in Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt this summer

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Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo: Screengrab)

Manchester United could rival Manchester City for the signing of Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt this summer, according reporter Duncan Castles.

The Netherlands international has established himself as one of the most promising centre-halves in European football over the past couple of seasons.

De Ligt has made a name for himself as one of the key players in Ajax’s current team despite being just 19 years old.

Naturally, a player of his talent has attracted interest from some of Europe’s top clubs, including FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

However, there is Premier League interest too, with Liverpool FC, Manchester City and Manchester United all having been linked with De Ligt.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is thought to be keen to improve his centre-half options in the summer given the questions about his defence being asked this term.

De Ligt would be a long-term solution at centre-half, potentially playing alongside 24-year-old Sweden international Victor Lindelof.

However, Manchester City are the defending Premier League champions and have some top centre-halves who De Ligt could learn from.

Now, Daily Record reporter Castles has suggested that Manchester United could launch an offer for De Ligt in the summer.

“Man City are definitely in the market for a top defender,” Castles told the Transfer Window podcast.

“Man United are [too] – although their tendency is to go for someone young.

“De Ligt is on the market and expected by himself and his club Ajax to leave this summer. Ajax are asking £100m for his transfer fee.”

De Ligt has already scored 10 times in 105 games in all competitions for Ajax since breaking into the Dutch club’s first team.

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