Barcelona have made their move for Dutch teenager Mattjijs de Ligt, with the Catalan giants believing they can seal the signature of Ajax's highly rated youngster 'within a month.'
As reported by Sport-English.com, the La Liga leaders reportedly made a decision to make their move following Ajax's 4-1 demolition of Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the UEFA Champions League.
Barca reportedly believed the de Ligt deal 'went cold' a few weeks ago, but following Ajax's advancement to the last 16 of the Champions League, it's thought that de Ligt has given his 'total disposition to sign.'
Barca have reportedly offered near the figure of 60 million euros plus additional fees for the Ajax captain, as well as a five-year deal.
Interestingly, the deal is said to be similar to one offered to friend and teammate Frenkie De Jong, who signed his Barca deal in January but opted to stay with the Dutch side till the end of the season.
This rumoured deal follows a recent development that Ajax and Barcelona could form a 'collaboration link' in the future.
Ajax director of football Marc Overmars, who played for Barcelona in the past, was pictured speaking to Barcelona counterpart Eric Abidal last Friday at the Champions League quarter-finals draw.
Sources close to the deal believe the transfer is on track to be completed, but do not want to make any assurances until the deal is done.
The Catalan giants attempted to seal a deal for the youngster in November but couldn't guarantee the Dutch international a starting spot in a Barca side touting Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti amongst its ranks.
De Ligt is seemingly a long-term investment for Barca, who signed Clement Lenglet from Sevilla in the summer to add a younger impetus to the centre of defence.
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