Catalan media: De Jong and De Ligt reportedly want more money from Barca
- According to RAC1, Barca's initial offers for the duo are 'insufficient'
- The players reportedly demand a better salary which would be affordable at Manchester City
- Barca hope their good relationship with Ajax director Marc Overmars could help
Catalan top source RAC1 provide an update on Barcelona's pursuit of two Ajax starlets, Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt. According to this local radio, Barcelona have already made initial offers for the duo; however, they are considered to be unsatisfactory if compared to other bids made by more wealthy contenders, such as Manchester City.
The source claims other clubs could offer THRICE as much salary to Barca's proposal. Naturally, originally, the Catalans didn't want to match the crazy wages coming from Qatar-funded City as the mere signing the duo would already be quite expensive. According to the rumours, the combined transfer fee would be around 150 million euros.
Nevertheless, Barcelona are reportedly not giving up on their pursuit. They are hopeful that the good relationship with Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars could help to negotiate the deal. Moreover, the Dutch side are unlikely to keep two promising stars within their ranks beyond the upcoming summer.
Earlier on Thursday, it was reported in another Catalan news source, Mundo Deportivo, that it would be a "huge challenge" for the Catalans to raise funds for making an offer for both Ajax prospects without letting "one or two" first-team regulars leave the club, as Barca are in the process of remodelling Camp Nou.