Matthijs de Ligt looks set to leave Ajax for Barcelona this summer, irrespective of interest from English clubs, Sky Sports News understands.

The £65m-rated Netherlands international has been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United after impressing in his side’s run to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

But the 19-year-old Ajax captain is understood to be closing on a move to the Nou Camp.

De Ligt plays alongside Liverpool’s Virgil van Djik in the Netherlands side but it is believed Jurgen Klopp does not feel he needs another centre-back.

The defender would leave Ajax on a high, having helped them secure a domestic double this season, including their first Eredivisie title since 2014.

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(c) Sky News 2019: Matthijs de Ligt set to join Barcelona from Ajax in the summer