Bayern Munich are reportedly interested in making Ajax starlets Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong key figures in their summer squad overhaul.
Changes are coming for Bayern Munich, who are reportedly ready to spend at least €200 million next summer to refresh their veteran squad. Club president Uli Hoeness has even made clear on multiple occasions that the club will undergo some big changes over the course of the next year.
Several young stars have emerged as supposed transfer targets for the Bavarians. Attacking talents like Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic and Luka Jovic have all found themselves linked with a move to Bayern.
However, there have also been a few defensive names mentioned as potential targets for the reigning German champions. Among those is 19-year-old Ajax captain Mattijs de Ligt. The Dutchman is already one of the best central defenders, so it’s no surprise to see him mentioned as a potential target for the Bavarians.
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A recent report from Sport Bild (via Mundo Deportivo) claims De Ligt is a serious contender for a Bayern move, but he’s not the only Ajax player who could come to Munich. The report also suggests that the Bavarians want to sign his teammate and fellow Dutchman Frenkie de Jong as well. It even goes so far as to claim Bayern would be willing to spend up to €150 million on the pair.
Apparently the two players are keen on joining the same club, no matter where that may be. A package deal may be the only way to convince them to leave Ajax.
Matthijs de Ligt would obviously be a fantastic signing for Bayern Munich. He’s already one of the best defenders in Europe and would be a huge asset for Die Roten’s defense for years to come.
Although the Bavarians are already loaded in the midfield department, De Jong would not be such a bad signing himself. He’s an excellent defensive midfielder, and at 21-years-old would serve as a fine replacement for veteran Javi Martinez.
Their €150 million pricetag might seem a bit steep, but that amount could easily be offered by many of Europe’s other top clubs. In today’s market, that sort of fee for two of the best young players in the game isn’t so ridiculous.
Spending that much money would, of course, limit Bayern in how much they could spend on their attack. But if both De Ligt and De Jong are really set on joining the same club and have an interest in Bayern, it’s a move the club almost has to make.