Barcelona and Liverpool are both interested in securing De Ligt’s signature, with the Ajax star enjoying a stellar campaign The 19-year-old played a key role as the Eredivisie outfit reached the Champions League semi-finals and, as a result, talk is rife he will be on the move Barcelona are widely considered frontrunners in the race to sign De Ligt, despite links to Liverpool and Manchester United also refusing to go away However, Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo say the La Liga giants believe Liverpool are trying to tempt the player into moving to the Premier League instead The Reds have enjoyed a stunning campaign under Jurgen Klopp so far. Virgil van Dijk has been the highlight for the Reds, helping them tighten up at the back And Mundo Deportivo say Barcelona feel Liverpool are using Van Dijk as a way to tempt De Ligt into a move to Anfield The duo are both regulars for the Holland national team. And signing De Ligt would give Liverpool even more defensive solidarity, with the teenager already one of the best players in the world Meanwhile, former United boss Jose Mourinho lauded De Ligt after Ajax’s Champions League exit to Tottenham “In a funny way, I only believe De Ligt is 19 years old when I look at his face,” he said “I think he has fantastic maturity. “I think he must be very, very intelligent. “I think the kid is fantastic ” De Ligt was recently asked about his future and where he would be on the move to But the Ajax star played his cards close to his chest amid interest from Barcelona and Liverpool “Announce? There is nothing to announce,” he said.