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Man Utd Target 'Can Play For One Of The Best Teams In The World'

A highly-rated Dutch wonderkid, who is rumoured to be wanted by Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, has been tipped to succeed in any of Europe's top five leagues by a former Arsenal and FC Barcelona star.

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Ajax skipper Matthijs de Ligt, who starred in his side's 4-1 victory over Real in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie, is seemingly poised to follow in the footsteps of teammate Frenkie de Jong in making a move to a high-profile club.

De Jong was snapped up by FC Barcelona for a fee of €75 million (R1.16 billion) in January, with the player set to link up with his new teammates on 1 July.

Marc Overmars, who enjoyed a trophy-laden playing career while starring for the likes of Ajax, Arsenal and Barcelona and is now technical director of the Dutch club, has now admitted that they are resigned to losing De Ligt.

"Matthijs can play anywhere, he can easily play for one of the six best teams in the world," Overmars told AS.

"He has incredible gifts: he has strength, mentality and heart. If I worked somewhere else, I'd do anything to sign him.

"We don't need to sell him. We don't need money, but I know he'll go to a top club. Selling our best players? We don't want to, but we have no choice.

"My job is to manage a top team, but we can't keep our players if Real Madrid or Barcelona, who can afford to keep (Jasper) Cillessen on the bench for four years, come knocking."

The 19-year-old has made 39 appearances for Ajax across all competitions so far this season, finding the back of the net on four occasions and being on hand to assist a further two strikes.

If De Ligt does leave Ajax, which club would you advise him to join, and why? Have your say in the comments section below.


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