According to The Mirror, Matthijs De Ligt could remarkably be denied a move to England because of the player’s agent Mino Raiola.
It has been revealed that the entire top six in the Premier League – including Liverpool – have watched the Dutchman in action this season, but have been reluctant to make a formal approach to Ajax due to the past antics of the world-renowned super-agent.
De Ligt has risen to the forefront of European football in the past year and at 17-years-of-age has already picked up 13 caps for the Netherlands and was made the youngest captain in Ajax’s history in March 2018.
The 19-year-old is reportedly enthusiastic about a move to the Premier League, where he potentially could link up with international teammate Virgil van Dijk.
With one of Joel Matip or Dejan Lovren likely to exit Anfield this summer and Joe Gomez’s persistent long-term injury problems, Jurgen Klopp may choose to pursue the promising defender.
The Reds may soon be forced to fight title rivals Manchester City off the pitch as well as on it as The Mirror exclusively revealed last May that Pep Guardiola’s side have identified De Ligt as a long-term replacement for club legend Vincent Kompany.
However, Guardiola has endured a toxic relationship with Raiola. The pair notably came to blows in 2011 when the Italian-born agent forced Zlatan Ibrahimovic to quit Barcelona.
Raiola has further encountered controversy with senior club officials at Arsenal and Manchester United revolving around the saga’s of stars such as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba.
The Ajax youth academy graduate has also attracted interest away from England in the form of Bayern Munich and Juventus, as well as Spanish giants FC Barcelona.
The reigning Spanish champions recently acquired the services of De Ligt’s teammate Frenkie De Jong and the Catalan side are hopeful that De Ligt will follow his best friend from the Amsterdam ArenA to the Camp Nou.
The Dutch club were hopeful that the considerable amount of suitors for De Ligt would spark a mass bidding war for the European Golden Boy winner, but look set to be denied the riches of the Premier League.