Man United 'rule out' De Ligt signing

English Premier League

Manchester United have reportedly ruled out a move for Ajax Amsterdam captain Matthijs de Ligt, with the highly-rated Dutchman believed to be nearing a move to FC Barcelona, despite reported interest from Manchester City.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are said to be poised for a squad overhaul in the wake of a disappointing 2018/19 campaign, which saw the Red Devils miss out on a UEFA Champions League spot.

United had apparently identified the 19-year-old as one of their primary transfer targets, and are believed to have even offered the 2018 Golden Boy a staggering wage of £350 000 (R6.4 million) a week, which would have made him the highest-paid teenager in world football.

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However, the latest reports from Sky Sports suggest that the Red Devils have withdrawn their interest in the teenager, and the Netherlands international has since provided an update on his future in the wake of reported interest from Barca, City and United.

"I have read the reports about Manchester United," De Ligt said, as per FOX Sports.

"I have seen the salary I would get, too. Would you take it? 

"People should take these reports with a grain of salt. The stories are funny, though.

"Everyone has been talking about my future for a year now. One day I will go there, and the next day I will go somewhere else. I have made quite a tour through Europe, haven't I? My focus is on the Nations League and after that I will see what will happen.

"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.

"Of course, there is some interest from clubs, but I don't want to say some names who are interested, but what I will say is I am now focused on the national team and after the national team I will see what the future brings."

De Ligt is expected to do duty for the Netherlands when they face England in the UEFA Nations League semi-finals on 6 June.