Time for Tottenham Hotspur to step up Matthijs de Ligt pursuit

Lorenzo Insigne (R) of Italy competes for the ball with Matthijs De Ligt of Netherlands during the International Friendly match between Italy and Netherlands at Allianz Stadium on June 4,...

Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus have been linked with Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt in the summer transfer window.

Lorenzo Insigne (R) of Italy competes for the ball with Matthijs De Ligt of Netherlands during the International Friendly match between Italy and Netherlands at Allianz Stadium on June 4,...

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Matthijs de Ligt, and so have Manchester City, but it seems that Juventus are stepping up their game for the Ajax central defender.

The London Evening Standard claimed last month that Tottenham are interested in signing De Ligt from Ajax in the summer transfer window and have already started discussions with the Dutch giants.

Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax and Marcus Rashford of Manchester United in action during the UEFA Europa League Final between Ajax and Manchester United at Friends Arena on May 24, 2017 in...

The same publication has also claimed of Premier League champions City’s interest in the Netherlands international central defender.

However, both Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham and Pep Guardiola's City will have to step up their game, with Juventus reportedly making a smart move.

According to Gianlucadimarzio.com, in the past few says, De Ligt and his agent have been in Turin, visiting the city and Juventus’s infrastructure.

Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax shoots during a training session at The Friends Arena ahead of the UEFA Europa League Final between Ajax and Manchester United at Friends Arena on May 23, 2017 in...

The Serie A champions are clearly very keen on securing the services of the 18-year-old central defender, who could be a long-term successor to Toby Alderweireld.

With Manchester United interested in Alderweireld, as reported by The Mirror, De Ligt could prove to be a brilliant long-term replacement for the Belgium international in the long run.

It is time for Tottenham to step up their pursuit of the Dutch youngster.

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