Chiefs from Europe’s biggest clubs converged in Nyon, Switzerland earlier today for the Champions League draw, which saw some mouthwatering combinations emerge for the Round of 16.
When delegates appear en masse at such an eventful, there are bound to be some interesting discussions – some of them friendly, some of them business.
And according to Barcelona-based Mundo Deportivo, there was a conversation today that could have been business or pleasure between Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain and his Ajax counterpart Marc Overmars.
With both of them being former Barcelona men, this could have been a courteous chat about the weather, however it is reported that the two spoke at length – for 10 minutes to be exact – and that is bound to raise speculation.
City are heavily linked with Ajax’s midfield ace Frenkie de Jong, who is also wanted by Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. In addition to Frenkie, the Blues have an interest in defender Matthijs de Ligt, who is also linked with Barcelona as well as Juventus and several other clubs.
The content of the discussion wasn’t disclosed, but could Txiki have been talking business and trying to do some groundwork on deals for either of the two Ajax sensations?
Any deal for De Jong or De Ligt will have to wait until summer, with Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar comprehensively ruling out any major January exits today.
“No, no, no. That’s a no,” said Van der Sar. “We’re not going to sell a player halfway through the season. No way.”