In-demand De Ligt 'zero chance' of staying at Ajax - Ten Hag

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is already preparing for life without coveted centre-back Matthijs de Ligt.

Matthijs de Ligt is attracting interest from a clutch of top European clubs.   -  Getty Images

Barcelona and Bayern Munich target Matthijs de Ligt is certain to leave Ajax at the end of the season, according to the club's head coach Erik ten Hag.

The talented teenage defender is one of the most wanted players in Europe and news of his impending departure could trigger a high-priced bidding war.

Head coach Ten Hag mentioned LaLiga champion Barca and its Bundesliga counterpart Bayern among the possible destinations for the Netherlands international.

Juventus - Ajax's opponent in the Champions League quarterfinals - is also reportedly interested.

"There's zero chance Matthijs de Ligt is staying at Ajax,” Ten Hag told German publication Suddeutschen Zeitung.

"There are so many clubs interested in him. He will leave us this summer, but I don't know whether he'll join Bayern or Barcelona."

Frenkie de Jong, De Ligt's team-mate for club and country, is already bound for Barca at the end of the season in a €75million deal.

Hakim Ziyech is another player attracting attention and the playmaker has reopened the possibility of a switch to Roma.

Ziyech, 26, came close to signing for the Serie A side last year and believes he could still join former Ajax winger Justin Kluivert at the Giallorossi.

"No, I don't think [the door to Roma has closed]," Ziyech told Calciomercato.

"I talk to Kluivert regularly and we often speak about Italian football. There is no league where I would prefer to play. It depends on the type of project the club has for me.

"The important thing for me is to continue to grow as a player."