Arsenal boost as Spurs pull out of £69m transfer battle for Ajax defender De Ligt as pal De Jong tells him to join Barcelona

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ARSENAL have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Matthijs De Ligt as Tottenham have reportedly given up hope of signing him.

But the defender has been urged by Ajax captain Siem de Jong to snub a move to the Premier League in favour of joining Barcelona in the summer.

Arsenal boost as Spurs pull out of £69m transfer battle for Ajax defender De Ligt as pal De Jong tells him to join BarcelonaGetty – Contributor1 Matthijs De Ligt has enjoyed a stand-out season with Dutch giants Ajax

Spurs were expected to battle against the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester United for the 19-year-old's signature.

But according to the Daily Star, Mauricio Pochettino's side have accepted that De Ligt is not likely to join them.

Following his sublime spell of form with the Dutch side in the Eredivisie, he has been slapped with a £69million price-tag.

This has moved him out of Tottenham's price range, but it is a fee that a number of Europe's biggest clubs can afford.

He has been linked to German giants Bayern Munich and hinted last month that he could join Juventus.

But a move to Turin now looks unlikely for the youngster after he scored to send Cristiano Ronaldo and Co out of the Champions League.

And team-mate De Jong has urged the in-demand defender to join Spanish giants Barcelona.

The Ajax skipper told Omnisport: "I've heard a lot of stories about clubs wanting to buy him.

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"I get it. He is a young guy, really strong already physically. Really good in his head too. A good guy and good for the team.

"I'm not sure where he will go, he has enough choices. It will probably be a really nice club.

"One of my favourite clubs are Barcelona, so I wouldn't mind seeing him there."

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