Barcelona 'to monitor Ajax center-back Matthijs de Ligt' during Holland's internationals against England and Portugal
- Barcelona will keep tabs on Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt over the next week
- Holland defender is likely to face England and Portugal in international friendlies
- Thomas Vermaelen or Yerry Mina could leave the Nou Camp this summer
Glen Williams For Mailonline
Barcelona will keep a eye on Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt during the international break with a view of this summer.
The La Liga giants were linked with the young Dutchman during the January transfer window, but with all their efforts put into signing Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, a move never came to fruition.
They are likely to return to De Ligt this summer and, according to Mundo Deportivo, will closely monitor the player during the international break.
Barcelona will keep a eye on Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt during the international break
The Dutch defender will face England and Portugal over the coming week for Holland
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo report Barca will monitor the 18-year-old for Holland
Holland next week on Friday night before traveling to Switzerland to play Portugal next week.
He may well come up against Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo in Geneva, which is a true test.
De Ligt is understood to be in line either Thomas Vermaelen or Yerry Mina leave the Nou Camp at the end of the campaign.
Vermeelen has suffered a frustrating time since moving from Arsenal back in 2014, suffering multiple injury setbacks.
Meanwhile Mina, who has made two appearances since joining Palmeiras in January, is unable to break into the fold with Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti the firm selections at center back.
Barca scouts have traveled to Amsterdam to watch the defender play and are impressed
De Ligt would be Barca preferred option should Thomas Vermaelen (L) or Yerry Mina (R) leave
Despite being just 18, De Ligt is highly rated at the Amsterdam ArenA and is considered one of the hottest prospects in Europe after breaking into Ajax's first team last year.
Barcelona scouts have visited the Dutch capital to watch the center back and have been impressed with his technical skills on the ball as well as his power in defense.
He is contracted to Ajax until 2021 and they are likely to demand a fee for his services, but Barca are confident they can prize him away.
He is contracted to Ajax until 2021 and they are likely to demand a hefty fee for his services