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From Spain: Ajax name their price for Manchester City, Barcelona and Juventus target

Ajax could earn over €130 million next summer if they sell two of their prized possessions, Frenkie de Jong and captain Matthijs de Ligt, with Manchester City interested in both players.

Midfielder De Jong appears to be City’s main target, with the No. 6 position a priority for Pep Guardiola to reinforce, but the Blues have also been persistently linked with 19-year-old De Ligt, considered by some to be the best young defender in Europe.

And according to Mundo Deportivo, Ajax have named their price for De Ligt, even though they have no intention of selling either him or De Jong until the summer.

Despite talk of the Dutch international being available for €50 million, it will cost the successful club €60 million (£52.8 million) to prise De Ligt away from Amsterdam next summer.

City are well-stocked on central defenders, with Aymeric Laporte and John Stones forming the best partnership in the Premier League of late, but De Ligt has been mooted as a successor to Vincent Kompany, and with the club captain reaching his end days as a City player, and a few questions surrounding Nicolas Otamendi, City may feel another centre-back is needed.

In addition to City and Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich are heavily interested in De Ligt and Ajax’s price-tag is reflective of that with a battle between European giants set to break out for the defender.

For Barcelona, they will rely heavily on the glamour of the club and presence of Lionel Messi to try and lure De Jong and De Ligt to the Camp Nou, with the belief at the club being that Manchester City have already made a €70 million offer for De Jong.

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