MANCHESTER UNITED face a real battle to sign wonderkid Matthijs De Ligt with Real Madrid reportedly joining the race.
The Ajax centre-half has become one of the most talked-about footballers on the planet after captaining the Dutch club to the Champions League semi-finals.
He is expected to move on this summer, but there are certain to be a whole host of clubs in for the 19 year old.
Reports claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side would splash the cash to secure De Ligt’s services this summer.
The in-demand defender has also attracted the interest of Barcelona and Manchester City following his incredible spell of form for Ajax.
The likes of PSG and Juventus are likely to enter the race for the highly-talented teen.
LET BATTLE COMMENCE
And now according to Mundo Deportivo, Spanish giants Real Madrid are entering the battle.
Los Blancos’ need could be great, with Sergio Ramos deciding he wants to leave the Bernabeu.
The captain is set to end his 14-year stay with Madrid this summer to reportedly continue his career in the Chinese Super League.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez told Onda Cero: “They [Ramos and his agent] came to see me in my office and told me they had a very good offer from China.
“But the league rules over there wouldn’t permit them to pay the transfer fee.
Onda Cero: “They [Ramos and his agent] came to see me in my office and told me they had a very good offer from China.
“But the league rules over there wouldn’t permit them to pay the transfer fee.”
De Ligt is well aware of the transfer speculation linking him to Manchester United, and a rumoured wage of £350,000-a-week – but thinks talk of a move there is premature.
He told FOX Sports: “I have read the reports about Manchester United.
“I have seen the salary I would get, too. Would you take it?
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“People should take these reports with a grain of salt. The stories are funny though.
“Everyone has been talking about my future for a year now. One day I will go there, and the next day I will go somewhere else.
“I have made quite a tour through Europe haven’t I?”