Manchester City officials were in Amsterdam to discuss the transfer of one of Dutch football’s hottest prospects, Matthijs De Ligt.
According to The Telegraph, technical director Txiki Bergiristain was in Amsterdam on Wednesday for meetings with the club’s Dutch scouts. Bergiristain was joined by Gary Worthington for various meetings with chief Dutch scout Kelvin De Lang about the club’s plans for the summer.
Ajax value De Ligt at €50million despite the central-defender being only 18-years-old. The youngster is already a full international for his national side Holland and partners Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk for Ronald Koeman’s team.
City are in the market for a centre-back this summer and many believe it may see Guardiola revert to a 3-5-2 formation on a more regular basis next season. Another centre-back would give City five first-team options but with doubts surrounding Vincent Kompany’s fitness, Nicolas Otamendi’s inconsistency along with John Stones’ form, it’s clear to see why De Ligt is highly coveted by Guardiola.
At 18-years-old, De Ligt wouldn’t occupy one of the seventeen foreign spots City have in their Premier League squad due to the fact he’s under 21-years-old.