Matthijs de Ligt 'rejects transfer' despite fee being agreed Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt has been heavily linked with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain Share FC Barcelona
Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt has turned down a move to Barcelona despite the two clubs agreeing a fee, according to reports in Spain.
The 19-year-old is attracting the interest of Europe's top clubs after a successful season which saw him emerge as one of the most talented defenders in the world.
In addition to helping Ajax to the Eredivisie title, the centre-back produced standout performances against Real Madrid and Juventus as he helped his club to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
The Dutch international had been expected to follow team-mate Frenkie De Jong to Barcelona this summer, but recent reports suggest that Paris Saint-Germain have overtaken the Spanish club as front-runners for his signature .
And although the Catalan giants have reportedly agreed a €75 million (£67m) fee with Ajax, Spanish radio programme 'El Larguero' (per AS ) reports that the offer has been rejected by the player's agent, Mino Raiola. Matthijs de Ligt has been linked with PSG and Barcelona (Image: Getty Images) Read More Transfer News LIVE: Arsenal, Liverpool Man Utd gossip plus Bruno Fernandes latest
According to the report, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu attempted to personally convince the teenager to move to the Camp Nou, but had no success.
It is claimed that De Ligt told Bartomeu that he would respect the decision of his agent and declined the offer.
That would seem to make PSG the clear favourites to land the talented centre-back amid reports that they have agreed to match Barelona's transfer fee. De Ligt helped Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals (Image: AFP/Getty) Read More Man Utd transfer target Matthijs de Ligt reads ex-Red Devils star's book on holiday
It is also understood that the Ligue 1 side are prepared to offer the Holland international a more attractive wage package, which was believed to be the main obstacle that prevented Barca from completing a deal.
ESPN also previously reported that the centre-back and his agent also consider a move to Paris to be a good one for the player's career.
De Ligt has also been linked with Juventus, Bayern Munich and Manchester United . Read More