Jermaine Jenas: "Harry Maguire is better than Matthijs De Ligt"

Manchester United turned down the chance to sign Matthijs de Ligt... because of concerns over his weight

Manchester United turned down the chance to sign Matthijs de Ligt... because of concerns over his weight

Barcelona are also keen to capture Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, who is also a target for Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham.

On the other hand, de Ligt has put Europe's biggest clubs on notice, from Barcelona to Liverpool, after a brilliant season with the Eredivisie side. I don't know yet.

While it seems most likely that de Ligt will exit Ajax in the summer and head to the Camp Nou - following in the footsteps of fellow teammate Frenkie de Jong - Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher said that he would "love" to see the highly rated centre-back play for the Reds.

But while a deal did not materialise in January, De Ligt links with the Spanish champions have not subsided in the proceeding months.

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De Ligt led the celebrations at full-time before being asked if this was his farewell appearance at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar has already admitted that De Ligt was playing in his final games for the club and that he hoped the defender would go out on a high. But I think Harry Maguire is a better player right now.

However, sources have told ESPN FC that prominent members of the recruitment team voiced worries that De Ligt, who lined up against United in the 2017 Europa League final, was vulnerable to gaining weight because of concerns about his family history, leading the club to ditch their pursuit.

The Daily Mirror is reporting that Manchester United are eager to sign a new centre-half this summer to bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's defence ahead of his first full season in charge at Old Trafford.

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