Barcelona vice president Jordi Mestre has played down talks about a deal that Ajax Matthijs de Ligt's feeling is nearing completion.
A host of clubs have been attributed to the Dutch international interest, including Liverpool, Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City, but recent speculation had suggested that the race was almost over.
19-year-old captain Ajax has attracted acclaim across the continent following an exciting campaign with those following the title of Eredivisie, who have also seen them reach the Champions League semi-final and secured 1-0 victory against Tottenham Hotspur.
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According to the reports, Barcelona was closing on De Ligt's signature and the young person would follow Queen De Jong to Catalonia this summer but Mestre has suggested that this may not be true, it may not reveal a move for a new defender is a priority.
"I don't know why they're saying this because [De Ligt] without signing, "he told Sky, through Marca.
"[Gerard] Obviously, Pique is one of the best central defenders in the world, if not the best.
"After him, we have no players like [Clement] Lenglet, [Samuel] We have signed a very young player in Umtiti [Jean-Clair] Todibo.
“The defenders we already have are at the highest level.
"In the case of De Ligt, I would talk to the sports director at the end of the season and I wouldn't talk about De Ligt, but about what they're saying."