Liverpool £60m dream target urged by his team-mate to snub Reds and join the rivals

Frenkie de Jong has urged his Netherlands team-mate Matthijs de Ligt to join him at Barcelona rather than sign for Premier League giants Manchester United or Liverpool.

De Jong and De Ligt both helped Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands side reach the UEFA Nations League final on Thursday with a 3-1 win over England.

De Ligt, 19, has been strongly linked with a lucrative summer transfer following a season in which he captained Ajax to the Eredivisie title and Champions League semi-finals.

Premier League rivals Man United and Liverpool have both expressed interest in striking a deal with the defender but De Jong wants him to sign for Barcelona.

‘He has to make his own decisions,’ De Jong said. ‘Of course I would like him to come to Barcelona but we will see what happens. It’s up to him.

‘I don’t know, it’s his decision. You have to ask him about it but I hope he comes to Barca.

‘Of course we talk about it [De Ligt signing for Barcelona]. It’s not up to me to say what he’s going to do or his thoughts.

‘I don’t have an influence on his choice. He has to make it on his own and with his family.’