Being an Arsenal fan is strange at the moment. Unai Emery is making the club look like a real contender for trophies and success, yet their current spending abilities are far below what they’ve been in previous years. The Gunners know that signing players like Ajax’s Matthijs De Ligt is beyond them, yet they’re still desperate to try.
I know this sounds quite far fetched, but we should try and make some effort to sign Matthijs de Ligt. Has a market value of around €50m but will instantly improve our defence. Our finances and huge demand for him makes it hard, but we should try. Kike said we’re interested too. pic.twitter.com/NQ9NGkXvcd
— LTArsenal (@ltarsenal) 18 December 2018
Considering the likes of Barcelona, Manchester City, PSG and Bayern Munich are all looking at De Ligt as the central defender to carry them through the next ten years of football at the top level, it’s hard to imagine a way in which the Gunners can pull off this signing, unless of course, they have some sort of miracle up their sleeves when the January window opens.
However, it’s hardly a move that makes little sense. The Gunners need a young defender who can grow with the club to help them reach the next level and also eradicate the defensive frailties that they’re suffering with at the moment and the Dutchman would be perfect. Unfortunately, though, it seems to be a small matter of the price tag that is keeping Arsenal from pulling this one off, and the fans know it.
You can read the Gunners’ thoughts on De Ligt here:
I'd be De Ligted if it happens.
— ImP1 (@AFC_Chill) December 18, 2018
Ajax and Arsenal fan here. IF we go for him realistically you need at least €80m. If we are somehow able to pay that we have a big change of getting him. Cuz I think we are the only club (maybe United too) who can offer him a starting xl place. And that is what he is looking for
— Irka H&S (@Irka_) December 19, 2018
He will cost significantly more than €50mil
— Christos Christoforo (@ch_christoforou) December 19, 2018
He’s gonna sign for Barca
— lewis2000 (@lewis20003) December 19, 2018
Ajax wont let him go for anything under 75m.
— Jeremy P. (@TheJRR) December 19, 2018
There’s no way we get him
— Keith Mwathi (@Keith_Mwathi) December 19, 2018
100% agree but never will happen
— blake (@willz124) December 18, 2018
lmao no shot
— kalvin (@Kevbo_) December 18, 2018
Too late to buy him he’s untouchable now to buy
— Heisenberg (@nelly__96) December 18, 2018
The Gunners have full faith in De Ligt becoming one of the best in the world, but they don’t have that same faith in their club pulling off his signing.