Tottenham looking to pounce on Ajax young defender Mattijis De Ligt

Tottenham are looking to steal a march on their rivals by putting a big bid on the table for young Dutch central defender Mattijis De Ligt.

               Whats the story, then?

Italian news outlet Tutto Mercado Web are reporting that Spurs have beaten Juventus to the punch by putting in a bid in the region of €55 million (£48 million) for the 18-year-old.

It has been widely speculated that Toby Alderweireld is expected to leave the club in the summer after failing to agree to a new deal with Spurs, with Manchester United seen as one of the prime suitors for his services, according to The Express.

     A strong footballing pedigree

De Ligt learnt his craft in the famed Ajax academy having joined at the age of nine and representing his country in under age football from fourteen.

De Ligt started his senior career with Jong Ajax, who are the reserve team of Ajax, and quickly progressed to the senior side where he looked completely at ease.

So much so, that after starting just two games, De Ligt was selected for the national team where he became the youngest Dutch debutant since 1931 – to this point he has made seven appearances for the Netherlands.

De Ligt made 33 league appearances in the recently completed season showing a level of poise well above his age and he averaged 4.4 clearances, 1.7 interceptions and 1 tackle a game as Ajax finished runners-up to PSV EindHoven.

A tough challenge

As many Dutch players would attest to, crossing over from the Eredivisie to the Premier League is a big gap to close and you have to be a pretty special talent to thrive in the unforgiving environment that is English Football.

For someone as young as De Ligt, that task is even tougher, especially when you think most players his age are still playing academy football.

However, if a club such as Tottenham are willing to pay such a large fee for De Ligt, then you have to bow to their better judgement.