AJAX skipper Matthis de Ligt has convinced fans he wants to join Manchester United – after liking a Rio Ferdinand post on Instagram celebrating their 2008 Champions League final glory.
United are thought to be a close second to Barcelona in the running for Holland centre-back de Ligt, 19, after reportedly lining up a huge pay offer.
And supporters on social media went into over-drive when he not only noticed, but also added a like, to a team photo of Ferdy and Co hailing the shootout win over Chelsea 11 years ago.
Ferdy posted: “21st May 2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣8️⃣ Rain In Moscow… what a NIGHT, what a TEAM! ❤️🏆 #MUFC #UNITED #TEAM”
Speculation had already been increasing this week as Ajax face losing several of their stylish Champions League semi-finalists.
And one tweet suggested de Ligt could step into the United side as part of a perfect partnership with Sweden defender Victor Lindelof.
The post read: “Lindelof – De Ligt is what dreams are made of. Wow.”
But another follower suggested de Ligt should look elsewhere for his next challenge – amid what could be a summer of upheaval at Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revamps his Utd squad.
That message read: “Matthijs De Ligt needs his head tested if he’s even considering joining United.”
Nothing, though, could top the excitement – and apparent generosity – that shone through in one tweet.
A feverishly-fervent fan posted “If De Ligt signs for Manchester United I will donate $100 to everyone who Retweets this!😂 good luck 😜🤣”