The real reason Barcelona don't want Matthijs de Ligt: Door open for Man Utd move

The real reason Barcelona don't want Matthijs de Ligt: Door open for Man Utd move

Barcelona had previously been touted as de Ligt’s next employers with sources believing a deal was done.

But the Catalans are growing restless in their pursuit of de Ligt amid fears the 19-year-old doesn’t have the right attitude.

It’s now unclear if Barcelona are still trying to get the deal over the line as several of Europe’s top clubs monitor the situation.

De Ligt though is beginning to make more and more demands and the Catalans no longer believe he is acting like a teenager who has only just been recognised as a top class talent, reports Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

While the Spanish side admire his inner confidence there are reservations over the way he conducts himself, which is of stark contrast to former team-mate Frenkie De Jong.

Barcelona confirmed the signing of De Jong back in January having had to battle with PSG for his services – something they look set to do again with de Ligt.

The Parisians are offering the teenager considerably more money than Barcelona with the Catalans hoping de Ligt joins them for reasons beyond what he can earn.

They are also not prepared to pay him anymore than they have agreed to pay De Jong.

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Barcelona’s drawn out pursuit of de Ligt will keep United interested (Pic: GETTY)

They believe De Jong’s position as a central midfielder means he will have more influence on games and that the two should have – at best – financial parity.

De Ligt is also not content to play his way into contention, instead believing he has a right to a place in Barcelona’s starting XI.

This is a worry given that Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet have formed a regular partnership in the middle of defence.

Barcelona have also noted, although not verbally criticised, his choice of Mino Raiola as his agent.

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De Jong regularly dominated the midfield for Ajax and Barcelona will hope he continues (Pic: GETTY)

The Italian is well known for driving the best deals in negotiations as he demands a fee for brokering any deal.

He is also firmly embedded at Old Trafford which has kept the door open for a move to United.

Raiola previously had Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all at Manchester – now only the former remains.

Although Raiola could be about to negotiate his client’s exit from the Premier League with Real Madrid and Juventus circling.

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