Mundo Deportivo: Barca will have to 'sacrifice' first-team regulars to land Ajax duo
- Barcelona risk missing out on Matthijs de Ligt (CB) and Frenkie de Jong (CM) of Ajax, as they still can't figure out what centre-back to go for, while Bayern Munich allegedly want to land both
- If Barca decide to outbid Bayern Munich they will have to let 'one or two' first-team regulars leave the club to raise funds for the Dutch duo
Catalan media outlet Diario SPORT reported yesterday that Barcelona might fail to sign Ajax centre-back Matthijs De Ligt and central midfielder Frenkie De Jong, as Bayern Munchen president Uli Hoeness plans to bring the Dutch duo at the Allianz Arena next summer.
Matthijs de Ligt vs Germany:— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) November 20, 2018
Touches -- 96 ?
Passes -- 85 ?
Pass success rate -- 95.3% ?
Accurate long balls -- 6 ?
Interceptions -- 4 ?
Aerial duels won -- 3 ?
Successful dribbles -- 2 ?
For more match stats -- https://t.co/DFv3WsnFya pic.twitter.com/JzmbN9WHya
Both players allegedly want to join the same club when they leave the Dutch side and while Barca prioritizing only a centre-back the Bundesliga champions ready to opt for both players.
Frenkie de Jong: Completed 130 passes in Ajax's 3-0 win over Feyenoord on Sunday, the most in an Eredivisie match since December 2014— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) October 29, 2018
Full player statistics -- https://t.co/bxHlmKwlDq pic.twitter.com/qix6jaliZ6
Barcelona will apparently have to face a "sacrifice in the form of transfers" in order to compete with the German giants for the signing of De Ligt and De Jong as they are understood to be ready to offer €150 million for the Netherlands internationals, according to Miguel Rico of Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness).
Rico insists that it will 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.
The report continues to say that even if the Blaugrana manage to raise funds by selling their players it doesn't mean that they will be able to handle competition from the likes of Bayern, Manchester City and Real Madrid.