Manchester City and Barcelona are going head-to-head for Ajax pair Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, while other European heavyweights are both on the trail of the pair, both of whom are valued at up to €80 million.
According to reports, City and Barcelona would both like to nab the pair and that could work in favour of either club when the bidding war starts in January or next summer after comments made by midfielder De Jong.
In an interview with FOX Sports in the Netherland, De Jong made it clear that the idea of he and De Ligt joining the same club would be ‘nice’, so if either City or Barcelona cough up enough money to sign both, it could give them the edge over the other.
De Jong said: “If we left Ajax for another club, then it would be nice if we both went to the same club.
“But I can’t really say anything about that yet. We talk about it together and others do the same, but it’s not really a big topic of discussion for us.”
It has been claimed that City have accelerated their efforts to sign 21-year-old De Jong, while De Ligt is another name to have been linked with City and is viewed as an ideal Vincent Kompany successor according to reports.