Barcelona’s De Ligt deal hits stumbling block

Barcelona are piecing together a plan to lure Matthijs de Ligt to Camp Nou from Ajax that avoids the need to deal with his agent Mino Raiola or increasing their current €75 million bid, as per reports.

A potential move to Catalunya for the highly-rated Dutch defender has hit a stumbling block.

Raiola, who also manages the respective careers of the likes of Paul Pogba and Mario Balotelli, has been stung with a three-month worldwide transfer ban.

Barcelona have been leading the race and believe that an agreement can still be reached by convincing the player that they are the right destination for him.

If that can be done, then they can save time and money on any potential dealings with Raiola.

While Barcelona remain optimistic when it comes to their pursuit of De Ligt, they have made it clear that they will not be dragged into a bidding war.

An offer on the table of €75m will not be increased, with those at Camp Nou of the opinion that they can provide opportunities that money cannot buy – such as turning out in the same side as Lionel Messi.

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