Like Chelsea, Manchester City will have no issues on the financial front despite De Ligt’s wage. Reports emerged in October of Raiola opening talks with City over a move for the Dutch centre-half, with the Manchester club ready to move on from Nathan Ake.
However, even if Ake was to depart, City still have two world-class centre-back options in Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte with John Stones an able deputy. While the Cityzens are known for spending silly money for defenders they perhaps don’t need, spending a fortune on De Ligt, who wouldn’t be guaranteed regular starts, seems a little bit silly.
The Dutchman isn’t your archetypal Pep Guardiola centre-back, either.
Likelihood of De Ligt moving to Manchester City: 2/10
De Ligt insisted earlier this year that Manchester United were “never an option” when he switched Amsterdam for Turin in 2019.
However, the Red Devils have since been linked with the Dutchman’s signature and could be among the Premier League clubs that Raiola regards as De Ligt’s “next step”. But, the addition of Raphael Varane in the summer means a pursuit of a big-money centre-back in 2022 is unlikely.
United have several options at their disposal, including Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly, and their most pressing need arrives at the base of midfield. They’ll look to secure a renowned holding midfielder before they even think about targeting centre-backs.
Likelihood of De Ligt moving to Manchester United: 1/10