Manchester City have moved ahead of Tottenham in the race to sign Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt after gazumping their Premier League rivals offer, according to Italian journalist Nicolas Schira.

The journalist has claimed Tottenham recently had a €55million bid accepted for the defender by Ajax before City have entered into the fray and toppled Tottenham’s offer with a €60million offer of their own.

De Ligt has been mentioned as a possible long-term successor to Vincent Kompany as the Belgian’s contract expires next season. It remains unclear whether Kompany will be offered a new deal due to his constant injuries issues.

Should Ajax have accepted both bids for the player, it will now leave the 18-year-old holding all the cards, and ultimately, he will have the final decision on where he plays his football from next season.

Tottenham had previously shopped in Ajax as they broke their club record transfer fee paid for a player when they signed de Ligt’s former team-mate, Davison Sanchez, last summer.

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