Manchester City’s interest in two Ajax players widely considered to be generational talents – Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt – appears to have been further confirmed by a former star player of the Dutch giants.
Patrick Kluivert, who played for both Ajax and Barcelona, spoke to Mundo Deportivo about Barcelona’s interest in the two rising stars, and warned that City’s financial clout could present a challenge.
“They are two great players who would fit in well with Barça,” former Dutch international Kluivert said. “They are both internationals and their value is increasing. There are many clubs that want to attract them, but the style of Barcelona is important to them – they will include this in their decision. They fit well with Barça.
“I know that Manchester City is also after them, which is economically a strong club and that can be a problem for Barça, the sheikhs.”
Kluivert also profiled the two players, who are wanted by some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Speaking about De Jong, who seems to be the priority of the two for City, Kluivert said: “[He’s] A wonderful player. He looks like [Sergio] Busquets and always looks ahead, he plays very vertically and directly.”
City are well stocked on central defenders, but with Vincent Kompany getting no younger, may find a talent as enormous as De Ligt too good to miss out on.
“A great defender,” Kluivert said, describing De Ligt. “He is very strong, exudes calm and is good on the ball. He has the qualities to play for any team, also for Barça. I would get him right away.”