Report- Barcelona transfer news: Raiola to trigger Matthijs de Ligt auction | Football | Sport

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Barcelona transfer news: Raiola to trigger Matthijs de Ligt auction | Football | Sport

And it’s all because of super-agent Mino Raiola.

De Ligt is one of the most in-demand players on the continent.

The 19-year-old defender has greatly impressed in an Ajax shirt after finally breaking into the first team.

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He chose to remain at Ajax alongside fellow sensation Frenkie De Jong for the current season, where the Ducth club qualified for the Champions League group stage.

Transfers for the pair are expected at the end of this season and reports in Spain claim De Ligt’s future is not certain.

According to the report, the influence of De Ligt’s agent Raiola will have a major bearing on where the Netherlands international ends up.

Barcelona are keen to sign the player and are willing to match his valuation of around £63m – Mundo Deportivo claim.

But the newspaper adds that Barca’s willingness to play ball with Ajax’s demands doesn’t mean they will appease Raiola’s.

They reckon that the agent – who also takes charge of the affairs of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli – will enter negotiations with money at the forefront of his mind.

The club who offer De Ligt the biggest wages will in effect be the ones to snap him up.

Mundo Deportivo claim Bayern Munich, Juventus and PSG are all interested in landing the player.

Bayern have struggled this season and are playing catch-up in the Bundesliga, with Borussia Dortmund charging ahead at the top of the table.

January deals are possible but De Ligt would have to wait until the summer to go to Germany.

Juventus are themselves seeking to strengthen their side – but for the Champions League rather than on the domestic front.

Juve are expected to win the Serie A title at a canter, having won all but one of their league games so far.

PSG could make a move in January but, like Juve, are careering ahead in their domestic league and it’s all about European honours this season.

The Paris club would have to financial muscle over any other rival if it comes to offering wages to De Ligt.

Barca themselves are constrained by the fact they cannot spend more than 73 per cent of their revenues on player incomes.

Bayern have a structured wage model and Juve are forking out £26m a season for Cristiano Ronaldo – a fee that may affect what they can offer other players in future transfer windows.