United abandoned De Ligt pursuit because of weight concerns

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Barcelona have big fears of missing out on Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt this summer.

The 36-year-old pundit was speaking on BBC and he said that the 26-year-old England worldwide was much better than the 19-year-old Ajax captain.

Even before this season, De Ligt was one of the most highly-rated young players in Europe and was discussed as a possible target by United.

"I think these will be De Ligt's final games with Ajax", he admitted.

Earlier this week, Ajax sporting director Edwin van der Sar told Sky Sports Italia that De Ligt would move to a club in either Spain or England. The only difference is the age. The Leicester City centre-back has been linked with several Premier League teams this summer, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.

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De Ligt has always been linked with a move to Camp Nou and was expected to be snapped up by Barça at the same as his team mate Frenkie de Jong, who signed for the club back in January for 86 million euros ($96 million).

The 19-year-old captained the Amsterdam club to the semi-finals of the Champions League this season and all but secured the Eredivisie title on the weekend.

De Ligt remains one of the hottest properties in world football, with some stunning performances turned in for Ajax in the Champions League before their shocking elimination at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.

Things have been on hold with so much at play, but Barça president Josep Maria Bartomeu has already hinted he knows how things will end up.

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