Barcelona sealed a deal to sign Frenkie De Jong in the summer from Ajax in the Dutch Eredivisie, and as it appears, that may not be the end of business between the two sides.
Sport are reporting that the two clubs are keen to explore a further collaboration following the De Jong deal, and that negotiations are on to promote talent between the European giants.
Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu hinted at a working relationship with Ajax while discussing the smoothness over the De Jong move. The transfer was sealed for around €75 million, with in excess of €11 million in variables and the midfielder’s contract will last until the 2023/24 season.
Moreover, Sport reported this week that Barcelona are now in talks to sign De Ligt for €60 million and negotiations have been going so well that a deal could be reached in April.
It would be a real statement of intent from the Spanish champions and their latest signing with a view to the future, having aquired players like Ousmane Dembele and Arthur Melo.
The official agreement
The Barcelona and Ajax directors have a brilliant personal relationship, while both parties have behaved exquisitely during recent transfer talks.
The idea of reading a collaboration is about Barça having priority to sign players that come through at Ajax while they will enjoy loans from Barça which will help them greatly in the Dutch division.