De Ligt: PSG outdo Barça with staggering salary offer
PSG have agreed to equal Barcelona's offer of 75 million euros, but are prepared to make De Ligt one of the highest paid footballers in the world.
As one of the hottest properties in world football, Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt is hopping from club to club to see what they're prepared to put on the table to secure his exit from Ajax this summer.
Barcelona were the first club to begin talks with the 19-year-old centre back, who was hotly tipped to follow his Ajax and Holland team mate, Frenkie de Jong, to Camp Nou.
But in recent weeks, PSG have become a more prominent actor in the De Ligt soap opera, with his agent, Mino Raiola, reportedly having met the Parisian club’s sporting director, Leonardo, to talk numbers.
De Ligt: PSG put staggering salary offer on the table
According to a report by The Guardian this Thursday, PSG’s owners have agreed to pay Ajax 70 million euros plus add-ons, which would match Barcelona’s offer of 75 million. But the Ligue 1 club have offered the young Dutch star a salary figure which could prove to be unmatchable by the other clubs in the bidding war.
The Guardian reports that PSG are prepared to pay De Ligt almost 20 million euros a year (380,000 euros a week) as part of a five-year deal at the Parc des Princes, which would put the 19-year-old amongst the highest paid players in the world.
With PSG putting their money on the table, De Ligt and his agent, Raiola, will now wait to hear if the other clubs interested in signing him – such as Barcelona, Manchester United and Juventus – can match or better the proposal from the Parc de Princes.