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Barcelona 'refusing to give up on Matthijs de Ligt'

Barcelona 'refusing to give up on Matthijs de Ligt'
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Barcelona will continue to pursue Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, according to a report.

Barcelona are reportedly still pushing to sign Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt.

The Spanish champions, alongside Manchester United, were strongly linked with the Netherlands international last summer, but Juve ultimately won the race to sign the defender from Ajax.

De Ligt has made 27 appearances for the Old Lady this season but his form has been called into question, and it has been suggested that the Dutchman could be on his way out of the Italian champions this summer.

Barca are believed to have recently had a £66m bid for the 20-year-old rejected by Juve, but according to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan giants are still determined to secure his signature.

Quique Setien's side are believed to be in the market for a new centre-back to provide competition for Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique, with Samuel Umtiti being tipped to move on.

Real Madrid have also been linked with the youngster, who signed a five-year contract upon his arrival in Turin last July.

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