Liverpool have been 'in talks' with Matthijs De Ligt , according to respected Spanish journalist Guillem Balague .

Ajax captain De Ligt has become one of the hottest properties in European football after starring in his side's thrilling run to the Champions League semi-finals.

He had appeared set to join Barcelona , but a host of other clubs are interested in the 19-year-old, including Liverpool , Manchester United and Manchester City .

Manchester United desperately need to overhaul their struggling defence, while Manchester City need a replacement for the departing Vincent Kompany.

If he plumped for Liverpool, De Ligt would partner up with fellow Dutch centre-back Virgil van Dijk to make the Reds' rearguard even more formidable.

Matthijs de Ligt is wanted by clubs across Europe

Balague was asked about the Dutchman by BBC Radio 5 Live's Football Daily Podcast .

He claimed Liverpool are definitely interested in the defender and have “been talking to him” about a potential move.

According to Mundo Deportivo , the role of agent Mino Raiola is proving a complication when it comes to De Ligt's future destination.

De Ligt could team up with Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool

Raiola, who includes Paul Pogba amongst his clients, is reportedly demanding a fee of between €8m and €10m for his services as an intermediary in the deal.

That is more than Barcelona are willing to pay, and as a result he is encouraging an auction to acquire the services of his client.

Juventus , Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are also believed to be interested.

De Ligt had been set to follow de Jong to Barcelona but there may be a twist in the tale

De Ligt was said to be keen to follow Frenkie De Jong to Barcelona, but he is being influenced far more by Raiola than his team-mate was with his agent.

De Jong is understood to have rejected high offers in order to follow his heart to Barcelona, which he felt was the best fit.

Barcelona are trying to convince De Ligt the same is true for him - but Raiola wants to listen to how much other clubs will offer.

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