The arrival of Mattihjs Ligt PSG takes a little more each day. Dutch international, 19, revelation of the European season under the jersey of Ajax Amsterdam, has been on vacation since Sunday night and the final of the League of Nations lost with the Netherlands against Portugal (1-0) . But Mino Raiola, meanwhile, works for him.
According to our information, the famous agent of Italian-Dutch players, in charge in particular of the interests of De Ligt, is passing in Paris this Wednesday. And not only for shopping on the Champs-Elysées. Raiola had lunch this Wednesday afternoon in a starred restaurant in the capital with Antero Henrique and Maxwell, respectively sports director and sports coordinator of PSG.
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Even if Henrique's time at the controls of the Paris mercato is counted, pending the return of Leonardo scheduled for early July, the Portuguese leader is still active. And if Mino Raiola has a portfolio of players possibly on the market this summer (including Paul Pogba for example), it is the De Ligt file that was on the menu of the day's discussions.
The price should exceed 70 million euros
Without being conclusively concluded so far, the wage agreement between the Ajax player and the Paris club is now very well. The purpose of Raiola's trip to Paris is precisely to seal, between pear and cheese, the precise terms of a five-year contract.
Once this step is completed, PSG and Ajax Amsterdam will have to agree on the amount of a transfer fee. For a talent so early and already confirmed at the international level, under contract with his club until 2021, the price is likely to exceed the threshold of 70 million euros (M €).
Leaving, why not, to get closer to the two largest transfers of central defensemen in history: the Frenchman Lucas Hernandez (80 M € to pass from Atlético Madrid to Bayern Munich) and the Dutchman Virgil van Dijk (84 M € from Southampton to Liverpool). In any case, if this operation succeeds, Mattihjs de Ligt will become the most expensive defender in the history of the Parisian club, far ahead of Thiago Silva (€ 42m in 2012), Thilo Kherer (€ 37m last summer) or Marquinhos (€ 30 million in 2013).
Leader of the defensive sector in the short or medium term
However, nothing is done yet. The Parisian leaders are still very cautious and have not abandoned the track that leads to Kalidou Koulibaly (Naples). They remember in particular the failure of negotiations last winter around another prodigy of Ajax Amsterdam, Frenkie de Jong. Despite positive signals sent to Paris, the midfielder had finally preferred to engage with FC Barcelona. But Paris is still struggling with the Catalan club on the De Ligt record. This time, however, the capital club has an asset in his sleeve in the person of Mino Raiola.
De Ligt's agent is linked to the PSG by old and personal relationships, with Maxwell (one of his former clients) as with Leonardo, whose return is no longer in doubt. The two men have already concluded in the past transfers Maxwell precisely, then Ibrahimovic and Van der Wiel.
Then, the club of the capital intends to seduce De Ligt by making him the leader of its defensive sector, in the short or medium term. Able to play in the right axis as in the left axis of the central defense, the Dutch is not necessarily incompatible with Thiago Silva. In theory, both players could even evolve together next season. But the general idea, through this transfer project, is to replace the captain of the PSG. After the end of his contract in 2020 … or this summer if the Brazilian feels pushed to the exit.