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Manchester City outbid Tottenham with £52.5m offer for Ajax sensation – report

Manchester City have taken pole position in the race to sign one of Europe’s most highly-rated young players, Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, by outbidding Tottenham, Italian journalist Nicolò Schira claims.

Schira, who works for Gazzetta dello Sport, Sportitalia and other media outlets in Italy, claims Tottenham had a €55million bid for the 18-year-old centre-back accepted, the likelihood being that he would replace the outgoing Toby Alderweireld.

However, he further states that City have improved on Tottenham’s offer by proposing a €60million (£52.5million) deal for a player earmarked as a long-term successor for club captain Vincent Kompany.

Given that their (alleged) offer is superior to the one Spurs had accepted, Ajax would no doubt accept it, leaving the player, who wants to leave the Dutch giants, with a decision to make.

The word from City of late has been that they only want a new holding midfielder, specifically Napoli’s Jorginho, and a high-level attacker, with Riyad Mahrez one of the leading names, this summer.

Guardiola himself said only “one or two” players will arrive in the summer, casting doubts on the legitimacy of the De Ligt bid, but it wouldn’t be the first time a manager has misled the media about his transfer plans…

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