Manchester City and Barcelona could sign Ajax super-talents Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt for a combined €140 million (£123.6 million) – if either club can convince the duo to move together.
De Jong is City’s number one transfer target, while Barcelona are also massive admirers of the 21-year-old. City are also on the case of De Ligt, although perhaps not as much as De Jong, since the need for a midfielder is more pressing than another centre-back.
The two clubs would like to sign both players and according to today’s edition of Mundo Deportivo, Ajax have a rough idea of what they hope to collect for the pair, who are considered generational talents.
For De Jong, the Dutch giants are aiming to bring in €75 million (£66.2 million), while they hope to extract between €60 million (£53 million) and €65 million (£57.4 million) from the club which signs De Ligt.
Both players have a host of clubs trailing them, but it is City and Barcelona who are keen on both, and there have been reports in Spain that Barça’s Eric Abidal had dinner with De Jong and De Ligt recently to explain the Catalan club’s project to him.
Meanwhile, Txiki Begiristain has allegedly met with De Jong and Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars on several occasions to discuss a transfer, which would see him become Fernandinho’s successor in the City midfield.
With so much conflicting information, it’s unclear where either player will go at this point, but the interest of Man City and Barcelona in Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt is quite clear.