MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly offered Ajax ace Matthijs de Ligt a £12.3million-a-year deal in an attempt to snare him away from Holland.

The Red Devils are battling Barcelona for the signature of the teenage defender, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men recently given hope in their quest to nab him.

According to Sport, United are willing to pay De Ligt £240,000-a-week as they look to bolster their leaky defence.

The news outlet claims that Barca are not prepared to get into a wage war and will not match the terms that the Premier League side are offering.

While they also state that the Catalan club wants the 19-year-old to show a ‘change of attitude’ and to stop asking for more money.

It has previously been reported that the centre-back wants to be the poster boy of United’s rebuild and knows he will guaranteed a starting spot at Old Trafford.

While Manchester City are also believed to be in the hunt to secure his services as they eye up a replacement for Vincent Kompany.

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag recently revealed that De Ligt will leave in the summer as he mentioned that Bayern Munich are also a possible option for the defensive stalwart.