Txiki Begiristain meets Dutch scout in Amsterdam as Man City watch Ajax sensation – report

Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain was in Amsterdam on Wednesday as the club continue to monitor Ajax sensation Matthijs de Ligt, the Telegraph reports.

Begiristain was joined by Gary Worthington, City’s assistant head of player recruitment, with the duo meeting the club’s chief Dutch scout, Kelvin De Lang, as planning for next season continues.

City were recently reported to be favourites for De Ligt, 18, ahead of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Arsenal, and the Dutch international is widely considered to be one of Europe’s best young defenders.

Ajax have slapped a £50million valuation on De Ligt and Wednesday’s meeting between the club’s technical staff will go a long way to determining if City will splash out another big fee on a centre-back – and if so, whether that would be this summer or in a year’s time.

City broke their transfer record in January to sign Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao, while John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi were also costly acquisitions. However, with Vincent Kompany’s longevity in question due to injuries, and the potential for Guardiola to use a 3-5-2 formation more regularly in future, signing another centre-half isn’t out of the question.

Guardiola will be well backed in the next transfer window with City determined not to stagnate as they did after their previous two Premier League wins. It is reported that the City boss will be handed up to £200million to strengthen his double-winning squad, with Kylian Mbappé and Thiago Alcântara the big names linked this week.

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