Ajax have been known for producing and developing young talent over the years. Cyuff, Bergkamp, Van Der Sar, Van Basten, Sneijder, Eriksen, Luis Suarez and the likes have all grown at the club from Amsterdam. It has been a storehouse of youth caliber where youngsters have thrived enormously. Many of them who have caught the eyes of the big clubs eventually end up leaving it for the latter. And so is the case going to be for the new talents in the ranks of the Dutch club.
WHO ARE WE TALKING ABOUT
This season, has seen much of the attention centered towards the two Dutch starlets Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs De Ligt who have been phenomenal for the club on the field. The former, 21 years old, a defensive midfielder, pulls the strings of the midfield and dictates the tempo for the game. At such a young age he has evolved into a mature and reliable player in the heart of the midfield. He was recently also called up for the International team friendlies during the break, where he was again impressive. De Ligt, even younger than De Jong, is a 19 year old defender, who forms part of the wall of Ajax in the back. This teenager with his mental prowess and abilities have earned the privilege to wear the captain’s armband for Ajax. His contribution from the back has made the club’s defence so powerful that it’s record of 4 goals conceded in 10 matches this season speaks for itself. He’s good with his feet and has found his way past the opponents in tight spaces on many occasions, when taking the ball out of the danger areas.
All this has been noted by the interested clubs and they have added the two kids into their shopping list for the transfer season. Some other clubs are also interested but Machester City and Barcelona will be the front runners to grab these gems. Their compatriot Jasper Cillessen has said both of them would like to join Barcelona. And De Jong wishes he leaves Ajax with Matthijs and play for the same club. The duo can cost the buying club something around 120 million Euros.
OVERMARS’ VIEW ABOUT IT
Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars has said: “Let’s face it, after this season, we will lose three or more players”. “They have such a high level that we will not be able to keep them, but it is important for us to reinvest the money and replace the players that leave us at the end of the season in the best way,” Overmars has admitted.Marc Overmars referred to the cases of De Jong and De Ligt, for which Barcelona has been interested, but also in the case of Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyech.
However Overmars have ruled out the possibility that the transfers can take place in the January transfer window but says it is possible after the season ends.