Louis van Gaal advises Matthijs de Ligt to snub Man Utd and sign for Barcelona or Man City

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Matthijs de Ligt is coveted by a number of Europe’s biggest clubs (Picture: REX)Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes Matthijs de Ligt should sign for either Manchester City or Barcelona should he leave Ajax this summer.The 19-year-old has emerged as one of Europe’s most coveted young players and enhanced his reputation with another solid showing at the heart of the Dutch side’s defence during last night’s 1-1 draw against Juventus.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to oversee a major overhaul of United’s first team squad this summer with defensive reinforcements likely to be his top priority.Van Gaal insists, however, it is imperative that De Ligt signs for a club where he is guaranteed to be playing regularly and believes Barcelona and City are his best two options.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Barcelona have already secured the signing of Frenkie de Jong (Picture: Getty)He said: ‘De Ligt at Juventus? I think De Ligt can play in any competition,’ he told Ziggo Sport .‘In Italy they are the masters of defense, so he can best develop there. If I had the chance I would go to Barcelona.‘They have central defenders who are not too good, so he will play there. Or I would go to Manchester City. I don’t think the central defenders are that great either, so he’ll play there too.’Barcelona have already committed to paying Ajax £72million for De Ligt’s teammate Frenkie de Jong and are expected to conduct a major clearout this summer which could see as many as 11 players depart.Arsenal have registered an interest in France international Samuel Umtiti, who has lost his place in Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI to his compatriot Clement Lenglet.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Comment Louis van Gaal advises Matthijs de Ligt to snub Man Utd and sign for Barcelona or Man City Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Apr 2019 10:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link163Shareslast_img read more

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