Real Madrid are lining up a €70million bid for Ajax centre-back and reported Liverpool target Matthijs de Ligt, according to Sport, via Calciomercato.
The Dutchman is one of the most highly-rated young players in the world, winning the 2018 Golden Boy award last year.
His stellar performances at the back for Ajax, captaining the side at the age of just 19, have led to interest from Europe’s top clubs.
Liverpool have been tipped to make a move for him, as Jurgen Klopp eyes up partnering De Ligt with his international colleague Virgil van Dijk.
Barcelona have arguably looked the most likely team to acquire his signature, but La Liga rivals Real are now ready to swoop.
With Sergio Ramos not getting any younger, the reigning European champions could do with some fresh legs in their back-line.
De Ligt represents just that, and is seen as someone who could be one of the best on the planet in the coming years.
Ajax are set to have a serious fight on their hands to keep hold of the prodigious teenager this summer.
Last 5 winners of the Golden Boy award
Matthijs de Ligt - 2018
De Ligt was the most recent recipient, outlining his vast potential.
Kylian Mbappe - 2017
Mbappe scooped the award two years ago and is seen as the most likely heir to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Renato Sanches - 2016
It’s fair to say Sanches hasn’t kicked on since receiving the honour in 2016, but the Bayern Munich man is still only 21.
Anthony Martial - 2015
Martial is still waiting to become a genuine star man at Manchester United, but time is still very much on his side.
Raheem Sterling - 2014
Sterling is one of the Premier League’s outstanding players currently, as he goes from strength to strength at Manchester City.