Raiola hits out over ‘fake news’ amid PSG links with De Ligt

Matthijs De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola has rubbished claims his client has agreed a move to PSG and insists he has never spoken with the French club about the £80m-rated defender.

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The 19-year-old defender has emerged as one of European football’s hottest properties this summer amid reports Ajax are prepared to let him leave for a fee of around €80m.

De Ligt’s future destination at this point though remains unknown, with links to all of Manchester United, Liverpool, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

It was claimed that Raiola had met with PSG’s sporting director Antero Henrique to hold talks over a deal worth a reported €340,000 a week for the teenager in the French capital. French reporter Lassana Camara added fuel to the fire by then tweeting a photograph of Raiola allegedly being in Paris to ‘conclude’ De Ligt’s move to the Parc des Princes.

However, Raiola insists no decision has been made about the defender yet and branded the recent claims as nothing more than “fake news”.

“This is the classic example of fake news,” Raiola told Italian outlet ANSA. “The photograph of me and the French journalist in Paris? He asked me to take a picture together, but I did not know who this gentleman was.

“I have never spoken with him.”

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