Matthijs de Ligt Barcelona Transfer Being Delayed By Agent Mino Raiola

Barcelona's plans to add Matthijs de Ligt to their team have hit a snag with superagent Mino Raiola hoping to get his 'fair' share of the profits from Ajax selling the youngster.

Ajax's run to the the semi finals of the Champions League this season has delighted all neutrals and the cruel blow they were knocked out by Spurs was not becoming of how good their campaign had been up to that point.

It's not the first time that an outsider has reached the last four and the worry is that they'll follow what happened to Monaco after 2016/17 season.

Leonardo Jardim's side won the Ligue 1 title and beat Manchester City on the way to the semis but almost as soon as the season finished they lost Bernardo Silva to City and several other players followed.

Ajax's side this season is chock full of talent that the 'big' names around the continent will be very happy to sign for big money, with Frenkie de Jong already confirmed for a move to Barcelona.

The Spanish champions have also been heavily linked with a move for defender Matthijs de Ligt but they've hit a problem with a potential £60 million move.

According to Marca, the two clubs have apparently agreed terms but the delay is because agent Mino Raiola wants £12 million, or 20% of the fee, for himself.

Could Raiola scupper the transfer? Image: PA Images
Could Raiola scupper the transfer? Image: PA Images

The move is still expected to happen, with both the clubs happy with their deal and the player also wanting the move, but as yet the Dutch side have refused to give up so much of the money on the deal.

Usually an agent can expect a fee of around 10% but superagent Raiola, known for getting his players big money moves, would like double that.

De Jong and De Ligt could soon be together at the Camp Nou. Image: PA Images
De Jong and De Ligt could soon be together at the Camp Nou. Image: PA Images

The Italian, who also represents Paul Pogba, Marco Verratti, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, to name just a few, is hoping someone else comes in with an equal offer and forces Barca to pay the fee to him.

Ajax are hoping to sell the player sooner rather than later so they can reinvest in the money for him and De Jong ahead of next season.

It's just unfortunate that the Eredivisie side will be stripped of their best players but if anyone can recover from it then it's certainly them.

Ryan Sidle

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