Paris St-Germain rocked Barcelona with reports that the perennial French champions opened negotiations with Ajax over Frenkie de Jong, 21, and Matthis de Ligt, 19.
Marca claims PSG offered €70m for midfielder de Jong, previously linked with a move to Manchester City, and are now thought to have substantially increased the offer to include central defender Matthias de Ligt.
News of the offer came as a surprise to the Catalans who hoped to land de Jong next summer. It’s by no means certain PSG will get their way in the deal. There are still major concerns over the UEFA investigation into their finances which may force them into sales. The club, however, does not share them with this news.
Ajax have issues with the deal as well. Second in Eredivisie, just two points behind PSV Eindhoven and facing Real Madrid in the Round of Sixteen in the Champions League. Any deal, if it happens, is likely to involve a loan-back arrangement unless the former European champions have replacements already lined up.
Despite protestations to the contrary, Manchester City are also claimed to be reviving their interest in de Jong. That, however, appears to be wishful thinking with City declining to strengthen their squad by signing cover for Fernandinho in midfield.