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Man Utd make opening offer for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt

Manchester United have made an opening offer for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.

The Mirror says United have launched a £70million bid for Ajax's brilliant young captain Matthijs de Ligt.

United moved in when Barcelona refused to pay the Dutchman's agent £12million to broker a move to the Nou Camp, after De Ligt led his Amsterdam club to a league and cup double.

Manchester City are also back in the frame for the 19-year-old.

But sources in Holland last night suggested United have moved into pole position after agreeing to outbid any club and meet Mino Raiola's demands for a £350,000-a-week wage and a huge fixer's fee.

De Ligt, who has been named Holland's footballer of the year, looked destined to join Ajax team-mate Frenkie de Jong at Barca. But the Catalans are refusing to do business on Raiola's terms.

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