Ajax Wiretap

Matthijs De Ligt Rejects Barcelona Move

Jun 19, 2019 1:13 PM

Matthijs de Ligt turned down a move to Barcelona despite Ajax and Barcelona agreeing to a transfer fee of $84 million.

De Ligt was unable to come to personal terms with Barcelona.

PSG, Juventus, and Bayern Munich are now favorites to sign de Ligt. 

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Tags: Ajax, Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Transfer Rumor

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PSG Nearing $84.6M Transfer For Mattijs De Ligt

Jun 13, 2019 11:18 AM

Paris Saint-Germain are nearing a €75 million transfer for Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax.

De Ligt has also received strong interest from Barcelona and Juventus.

Barcelona had made a strong final push for De Ligt.

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Tags: Ajax, Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Matthijs De Ligt's Agent Meets With PSG

Jun 12, 2019 1:17 PM

Matthijs de Ligt's agent Mino Raiola is meeting with PSG to discuss a potential move for his client.

Barcelona were the favorites to sign de Ligt and had reportedly agreed to a deal earlier this season. De Ligt wanted to renegotiate the deal, but Barcelona would no longer budge.

Juventus are also reportedly still in play for De Ligt. 

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Tags: Ajax, Paris Saint-Germain, Transfer Rumor

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6 Liverpool, 5 Ajax Players In UEFA's Champions League Squad

Jun 2, 2019 12:48 PM

UEFA unveiled their 20-player Champions League roster, with 6 Liverpool players leading the team.

5 Ajax players were selected for the side.

No Real Madrid players were selected for the team of the season. 

The full roster included Alisson Becker, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, Jan Vertonghen, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson, Moussa Sissoko, Hakim Ziyech, Kevin de Bruyne, Frenkie de Jong, Tanguy Ndombele, Georgino Wijnaldum, David Neres, Raheem Sterling, Lionel Messi, Dusan Tadic, Sadio Mane, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lucas Moura.

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Tags: Liverpool, Ajax, UEFA Champions League

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Matthijs De Ligt Willing To Turn Down Barcelona For Manchester United

May 26, 2019 1:41 PM

Matthijs de Ligt has reportedly been offered a deal of $15.6 million per season from Manchester United.

Barcelona, who was previously thought to be the front-runner to sign de Ligt, are not interested in getting into a bidding war for the center back.

De Ligt is also said to be willing to turn down Barcelona and accept United's offer.

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Tags: Manchester United, Barcelona, Ajax, Transfer Rumor

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Matthijs De Ligt Wants Guarantees For Potential Barcelona Move

May 20, 2019 1:29 PM

Matthijs de Ligt reportedly wants a higher salary and a promise of a starting position if he were to move to Barcelona.

Barcelona and Ajax had reached an agreement in April for de Ligt to follow teammate Frenkie de Jong to Spain.

De Ligt hardened his financial stance after interest from PSG, Bayern Munich, and Manchester United.

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Tags: Barcelona, Ajax, Transfer Rumor

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Frenkie De Jong On Spurs Loss: A Fairy Tale With A Bad Ending

May 9, 2019 1:06 PM

Frenkie de Jong said that part of the reason why Ajax resonated with supporters during their Champions League run was due to their outsider status.

“I think everyone enjoyed the fact there was a team outside the European elite that got so far with that kind of football. Besides Spurs and Liverpool fans, I think everyone wanted us to win it. It was a fairytale. With a very bad ending, a bittersweet symphony," said de Jong. 

Matthijs de Ligt chose to look at how far the group had come to be in the position to make the final as opposed to the disappointment from getting knocked out of the semifinals. 

“It’s a chance out of millions that you make it to the final. Beforehand you go for the [domestic] double; you do not even take into account that you reach the group stage. Then you are so close to the final. I get goosebumps if I think where we came from," said de Ligt. 

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Tags: Ajax, UEFA Champions League

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Spurs Pull Off Comeback Against Ajax To Play Liverpool In UFC Final

May 8, 2019 6:43 PM

Tottenham Hotspur will play Liverpool in the 2019 Champions League Final after defeating Ajax 3-2 in the second leg of their semifinal tie and 3-3 on aggregate (away goals).

Lucas Moura recorded a hat-trick for Spurs, scoring in the 55th, 59th and 95th minute.

Spurs went down 3-0 on aggregate following a pair of first half goals from Ajax.

This will be the first all-England Champions League final since Manchester United played Chelsea in 2008.

The Premier League could also have an all-England final in the Europa League with Chelsea and Arsenal playing in the semis.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Ajax, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, UEFA Champions League

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Matthijs De Ligt Likely To Join Barcelona

May 8, 2019 1:51 PM

Barcelona have emerged as favorites to sign Matthijs de Ligt over the summer.

De Ligt has reportedly turned down an offer from Manchester United. Juventus also inquired about de Ligt, but were told that he is close to signing with Barcelona.

De Ligt would join Frenkie de Jong at their new club. 

Marca

Tags: Ajax, Barcelona, Transfer Rumor

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Erik Ten Hag: Time To Prove That Ajax Is Right

May 8, 2019 1:31 PM

Erik Ten Hag said that his side need no external motivation ahead of their Champions League semifinals clash against Tottenham.

“Everyone knows what it is about. It is the most important match for Ajax in this arena. We don’t need any external motivation," said the Ajax manager.

Ten Hag added that making the finals represents a chance for Ajax to prove their method. 

“A few people who knew this level of success said it would still be possible for a Dutch team to reach the Champions League final; people like Johan Cruyff, Louis van Gaal and [Ajax director] Marc Overmars. It’s up to us tomorrow to prove them right. But I don’t live in the past, I live in the now, and that is important. The only thing we focus on is tomorrow’s match. But you cannot expect at the start of the season to be sitting here in the semi-finals of the Champions League, that is true.”

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Ratings For Champions League Semifinals Up From 2018
The first leg of the Champions League semifinal between Liverpool and Barcelona drew 635,000 viewers on TNT.

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Real Madrid Looking At Donny Van De Beek As Pogba Alternative
PSG and Bayern Munich are also interested in adding van de Beek.

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Donny Van De Beek Linked With PSG Move
PSG are reportedly already in negotiations with Van de Beek.

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Ajax Looking To Buy Martin Odegaard
The deal would include a buy-back option for Real Madrid in 2021.

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Mauricio Pochettino: Second Leg Against Ajax Is 'Still Open'
Pochettino admitted that he got his tactics wrong to open the match.

BBC Sport

Erik Ten Hag Hits Back At Mauricio Pochettino Criticism On Rest
The Dutch league postponed a slate of matches last weekend to give Ajax extra time to rest.

ESPN

Spurs, Liverpool Join Ajax, Barcelona In Champions League Semis
Spurs have reached the semifinals of the Champions League for the first time in club history.

RealGM Staff Report

Barcelona Close To Signing Matthijs De Ligt From Ajax
Juventus and Bayern Munich also have interest in Matthijs de Ligt, but he "only wants to listen to Barcelona."

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Max Allegri Following Ajax Defeat: I Will Stay At Juventus
Allegri added that Juventus didn't know how to work their way back into the match after going down.

Football Italia

Erik Ten Hag: Ajax Will Never Man-Mark Ronaldo
Juventus are up on away goals ahead of their second leg clash.

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Louis Van Gaal: Matthijs De Ligt Should Go To Barcelona
Barcelona and Bayern are reportedly favorites to sign de Ligt.

Marca

Frenkie De Jong: Juventus Better Than Real Madrid
De Jong added that he wanted to play against a healthy Ronaldo.

Marca

Frenkie De Jong Reveals He Almost Signed With Tottenham Last Season
De Jong added that he always dreamed of playing for Barcelona.

Goal

Ajax To Sign Razvan Marin To Replace Frenkie De Jong
Ajax will sign Razvan Marin to replace Frenkie de Jong for €12 million.

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Barcelona Make Offer For Matthijs de Ligt, Want Ajax Partnership
Barcelona and Ajax are considering a partnership between the two clubs revolving around academy players.

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City-Spurs, Barca-United, Liverpool-Porto, Ajax-Juve In UCL Quarters
City and Spurs will play each other three times in 12 days with their previously scheduled Premier League match scheduled for April 20th.

The Guardian

Sergio Ramos: Getting Yellow Card Against Ajax Was 'An Error'
Ramos added that the documentary production scaled down as the second-leg match between Ajax and Real Madrid went on.

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Dusan Tadic On Performance: 'Best Game Of Football I've Ever Played'
Tadic had 2 assists and a goal against Real Madrid.

ESPN

Vinicius May Miss Up To 2 Months With Leg Injury
Vinicius ruptured ligaments in his right foot during Real Madrid's Champions League loss to Ajax.

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Erik Ten Hag On Ajax Win: 'Historic Victory Of Incredible Importance'
Ten Hag added that his plan was to make Real Madrid uncomfortable with possession throughout the second leg.

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