A day after Liverpool were stealing Matthijs de Ligt from them, Barca are back in front.
On Monday, reports out of the Catalan press had Barcelona running scared, afraid that Liverpool could swoop in at the last second and beat them in their efforts to land star 19-year-old centre half Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax.
On Tuesday, they think a deal is done to take the player to Barcelona.
At least according to Catalan television station Esport 3, the framework of a deal with Ajax is now in place and agent Mino Raiola is currently meeting with Barcelona representatives in Monaco to hammer out personal terms.
Any announcement would be expected to wait at least until the end of the Eredivisie season, with Ajax not yet mathematically safe—though it would take an Ajax loss, PSV win, and 14 goal swing on the final day for them to lose the league.
Barcelona also have two games left this season, a final league game against Eibar and then the Copa del Rey final against Valencia on the 25th, which means it might take a little longer still for any deal to be made official.
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