A Barcelona official has mocked Manchester United in their transfer battle to land Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.

A fierce fight for the 19-year-old is expected to take place this summer, with United among those in the hunt, but it appears that Barcelona do not consider the fallen English giants to be a threat.

According to the Independent, one senior figure at Barcelona was bemused when informed of United's interest and made a damning comparison about the club's current situation.

“With the state they're in, it's not far off picking the Chinese league, career-wise," said the Barca official.

"It'd be sacrificing development and ambition for money in the same way."

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