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Guillem Balague: Barcelona are not optimistic about signing De Ligt

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague says Barcelona are “not very optimistic” about their chances of signing Ajax skipper Matthjis de Ligt.

Barcelona were expected all along to secure the signature of the brightest prospect coming out of the Netherlands right now, swiping interest from clubs like Manchester United out of the way.

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Now we must wait for De Ligt to make his own decision – but that won’t happen until the Netherlands are finished with the Nations League.

“I think De Ligt is right in just being calm about the situation,” Balague said on his YouTube channel (as quoted by The Express).

“Right now, for me, Barcelona are the favourites but Barcelona are not very optimistic – not as optimistic as they were a month ago.

“These are the impressions. They have told De Ligt what they offered, they have told Ajax what they offered. They’re just waiting for an answer.”

There is enough to suggest from these quotes that something over the past month changed.

It’s anyone’s guess but while I think De Ligt will end up at Barcelona, the saga is by no means finished yet and United would be foolish to give up on the Dutchman.

United are crying out for a player like De Ligt and the club should do all it can to bring him to Old Trafford this summer.

He is exactly what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs ahead of next season!

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