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Pep Guardiola considers making move for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt

• De Ligt could replace Vincent Kompany at Manchester City
• Highly-rated 18-year-old has been capped by Netherlands

Pep Guardiola is monitoring Ajax’s highly-rated 18-year-old defender Matthijs de Ligt as a potential long-term replacement for Vincent Kompany.

De Ligt fits the profile of a young, technically astute defender who could slot into City’s playing style. The centre-back is experienced at the highest level having started last May’s Europa League final defeat to Manchester United in Stockholm. De Ligt also played the entirety of Netherland’s 1-0 defeat to England in Amsterdam in March and, in total, has made 34 appearances in all competitions this season. That follows last year’s debut campaign that featured 22 games, including an international debut in a World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria.

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