Manchester United rule out move for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt
United withdraw their interest amid expectation 19-year-old will move to Barcelona
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 26/05/19 7:38pm
Manchester United have ruled out a move for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, according to Sky sources.
Reports in the national press over the weekend had suggested United could move for the £65m-rated Netherlands international this summer.
But Sky Sports News understands United have withdrawn the interest they held in De Ligt, with many among the Old Trafford hierarchy believing the 19-year-old is set to join Barcelona.
When asked about his future on Sunday, De Ligt said: "Where do I see myself? Well, obviously the Premier League is a big competition, Spain also, but you have other competitions, it's not (just) about those two.
"I still don't know anything about where my future is, so I see how it goes. First, we have to play two games (in the Nations League) and then after that, we'll see what happens next."
De Ligt has been a regular for Ajax over the past three seasons and captained the club to a league and cup double this campaign.
He was also instrumental in the Dutch side's run to the Champions League semi-finals - suffering defeat to Tottenham in the last four of the competition.
On Saturday, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu confirmed the Spanish club were working on departures from the Nou Camp as well as incoming transfers.
De Ligt's Ajax and the Netherlands team-mate, Frenkie de Jong, has already agreed to move to Barcelona this summer for an initial £65m.
"Every year new players come in. So far we have confirmed De Jong's signing and now we will work on bringing in others and moving players on, as is normal every summer," Bartomeu said.
"Now is not the moment to do anything. There are always new signings, but now is not the moment to talk about it."
Follow the Summer Transfer Window on Sky Sports
As well as keeping an eye on Sky Sports News, make sure you don't miss a thing with our dedicated Transfer Centre blog.
There's also the return of the Transfer Talk Podcast, the daily UK, Regional and European Paper Talk, plus features across skysports.com and the Sky Sports App.