Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United have all made contact with Matthijs de Ligt’s agent, Barry Hulshoff, in hopes of signing the Ajax defender this summer.

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Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness) report that the three English clubs are already negotiating with the 18-year-old’s representatives, to try and get ahead of the competition. From the sounds of things, that competition is set to be pretty fierce too, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich also in the race.

Of course, Arsenal have the advantage that they clearly need first-team centre-backs. De Ligt will know he has a much better chance at getting games under Arsene Wenger than the alternatives.