Everything pointed towards Matthijs de Ligt joining his Ajax teammate Frenkie de Jong in Barcelona after it was reported that an agreement between player and club had been reached in April.
However, SPORT now saying that Barca’s hopes of landing him are ‘beginning to fade’.
De Ligt and his agent Mino Raiola, recently hit with a three-month worldwide ban but still operating, have demanded an improved contract offer and Barca, in turn, are not budging.
Manchester United have entered the picture and are reportedly offering the 2018 Golden Boy a €14 million-per-year salary, which works out at around £236,000-a-week would make him one of the club’s highest earners straight from the bat.
Barca are not prepared to match such a figure and are instead relying on De Ligt honouring the previous agreement which was in place.