are reportedly close to admitting defeat in the race to sign Dutch centre back Matthijs de Ligt.
The Ajax teenager is one of the hottest prospects in world football, with Juventus
and Paris Saint-Germain
also among the teams interested in his signature.
Barcelona have already signed Frenkie de Jong from Ajax for £65million and were keen to get his international team-mate to join him at the Nou Camp.
But according to Sport
, the purchase of De Jong has left Barca slightly restricted financially and, as such, they are unable to match what Juve and PSG are proposing.
PSG are believed to be offering De Ligt a long-term contract worth £11m per year — close to twice what Barca are said to be willing to pay.
Sport claim that Barca see De Ligt as 'practically lost'.
De Ligt's agent, Mino Raiola, is now again free to negotiate with Juventus after a ban imposed by the Italian FA was overturned on Thursday.
Nineteen-year-old De Ligt has already made 77 league appearances for Ajax despite his tender age.
He started 33 Eredivisie games en route to Ajax's title win this season and made 11 Champions League outings in the club's run to the semi-finals, where they were eventually beaten in dramatic circumstances by Tottenham.