Manchester United have been dealt yet another blow in the transfer market after Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt reportedly turned them down.
The Dutchman is one of the, if not the hottest prospect in Europe with his side’s performances in Europe garnering plenty of attention.
United’s desperate need for a top centre-back is no secret and it appears they targeted the youngster as an option.
De Ligt is likely to have a host of European giants chasing his signature this summer but unfortunately Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already been ruled out of the race.
In terms of pure potential and maximising investment, the teenager has little to compete with in terms of his defensive colleagues.
According to Marca, Matthijs has already turned down a €70m offer from Manchester United, preferring a move to Barcelona.
Solskjaer will have to turn his attentions elsewhere to less attractive candidates but that doesn’t mean whoever he does invest in will be a failure.
The Red Devils’ lack of Champions League football next season will likely hinder whatever plans they had for the summer.
Ole will have to hope the appeal of being part of a rebuilding job and bringing his side back to the top will be enough to convince his targets to make the move.