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Arsenal have reportedly taken the front seat in the hunt to sign Ajax youngster Matthijs de Ligt who has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City this summer.
The 18-year-old has already become a first-team footballer for the Dutch side, making 35 appearances in all tournaments this season.
As reported by The Mirror, Man City are tussling with Arsenal and Bayern Munich for De Ligt, who is understood to have told his agent not to seek a move to Barcelona due to the fear of being left on the bench.
The story goes on to suggest that Ajax have put a £50m valuation on the Dutch defender, leading to the North Londoners and the Bundesliga giants reconsidering their interest due to the high fee.
Arsenal and Bayern were reported to have sent officials to observe De Ligt at the Amsterdam ArenA on Sunday, when Ajax played champions-elect PSV Eindhoven.