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Alan Brazil can’t understand how Matthijs de Ligt is worth less than Harry Maguire

Matthijs de Ligt has completed his move to Juventus (Picture: Getty Images) Alan Brazil cannot get his head round how Matthijs de Ligt can be worth less than Harry Maguire in the transfer market this summer. The Dutch centre-back has completed his move to Juventus from Ajax for a fee in the region of £67.5m, although Juve confirmed there were additional costs of £9m, with the fee being paid over five years. Meanwhile, the Maguire transfer sage is rumbling on, with Manchester United and Manchester City both seeing bids of £70m rejected by Leicester City for his services. The Foxes are holding out for at least £80m for the England international, and Brazil cannot see how the man six years the senior of De Ligt can be worth significantly more. ‘Liverpool must have been interested with [Virgil] Van Dijk alongside him, because they play together in the national side for Holland,’ Brazil said on talkSPORT. ‘Could Manchester United not have gone in there with £67.8m? Harry Maguire remains a Leicester player at this stage (Picture: Getty Images) ‘This is nothing to do with Harry Maguire, I like him big style as a player, but they’re talking about £75m or £80m for Harry who is 26 and De Ligt is 20 next month, I believe, and he goes for just £67.8m! ‘I’m a big Harry Maguire fan, he’s dangerous at set-pieces, great on the ball, but at 20, you’ve got another 10 years out of De Ligt.’ The Dutchman made an impression on former England under-21 boss Stuart Pearce at the Nations League earlier this summer, and he also sees English clubs over-spending this summer. ‘How he’s only gone for £67m I’m not sure,’ said Pearce. ‘From what I saw in the Nations League playing alongside Van Dijk, he was outstanding, plays way above his years. ‘At that price, the comparison [with Maguire] and [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka at £50m, it’s out of tilt a little bit.’ More: ShowbizPaul Rudd is age-defying yet again as Avengers fans post FaceApp picturesElderly man face plants after running to avoid Mercedes ‘accelerating at him'When will Suits season 9 be released on Netflix? Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman would certainly agree with this assessment, believing De Ligt will be considered the best central defender in the world. ‘De Ligt and [Holland team-mate Frenkie] de Jong are special for various reasons.,’ Koeman told Catalunya Radio in January (via Goal). ‘De Ligt is younger, 19, and plays in an important position, as a centre-back. ‘He’s the Ajax captain and from their school. That is to say Barca’s school, because it means that he has a lot of technical quality and tactical nous. ‘He will be the best centre-back in the world in two years.’ MORE: Harry Maguire targeting Manchester United captaincy to follow in Rio Ferdinand’s footsteps MORE: Brendan Rodgers fires warning to Manchester United over Harry Maguire transfer...


Published By: Metro - Thursday, 18 July, 2019

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