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Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal will reportedly rival Barcelona for the services of Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt, who continues to be linked with the Catalan giants. 

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo (h/t has reported on the links between the Dutchman and Blaugrana at length since last year, and it has done so again, adding the Premier League trio to the mix, per Calciomercato.

De Ligt has been a regular for Ajax since 2016 and has been one of the standouts for the team in the past year, despite being just 18 years old. He’s also a full Netherlands international and widely regarded as the nation’s top defensive talent.

(L-R) Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax, Manu Garcia of NAC Breda during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and NAC Breda at the Amsterdam Arena on February 04, 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

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A product of Ajax’s famed academy, De Ligt combines defensive prowess and great physical strength with the technical abilities people have come to expect from graduates of the club. He routinely plays a part in the attack and has excellent passing range to all parts of the field.

The teenager is very comfortable with the ball at his feet, as you can see in this video:

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