Ajax Director Admits Club Will Struggle to Keep Coveted Duo Amid Barcelona & Man City Links

?Ajax sporting Director Marc Overmars has admitted that keeping Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt at the club will be difficult, with the duo linked with moves to many of Europe’s biggest clubs.

The Dutch side have a reputation of developing some phenomenal young prospects, and it is widely believed that de Jong and de Ligt will soon be lured away from the club. The pair have been key for Ajax in recent seasons, both featuring in Ajax’s run to the Europa League final in the 2016/17 season.

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When asked about whether Ajax would be able to keep the two players at the club, Overmars admitted that it will be challenging to do so. He is quoted by ?Marca as saying: “It will be difficult to retain these players who are in the newspapers every day because of the interest of other clubs.

“Last year we managed to keep the group together and we only sold [Justin] Kluivert, but it won’t be possible to keep this group of talented players together for the coming years.”

21-year-old de Jong has been the subject of countless transfer rumours in recent weeks. The likes of ?Real Madrid, ?Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and ?Manchester City have all been linked with a move for the central midfielder, but there has also been reported interest from several other sides.

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De Ligt, 19, has been regarded as a future star for several years since making his Ajax debut in 2016. The centre-back has been linked with many of the same clubs as de Jong, with Barça the frontrunners. However, Juventus, Bayern Munich, ?Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have also been touted as potential suitors.

Recent high-profile departures from the Johan Cruyff Arena include ?Davinson Sanchez and ?Christian Eriksen, who now play their football for Tottenham, whilst the likes of ?Luis Suarez, Wesley Sneijder and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all emerged as future superstars during their respective times at the club.

History shows that Ajax are prepared to authorise the sale of any of their players, as long as they receive a sizeable offer for their services. Centre-back Sanchez moved to Tottenham last season for around £36m, and it is likely that both de Ligt and de Jong would cost upwards of this figure.

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Juventus Ready £10m-a-Year Contract for Arsenal Ace Aaron Ramsey Amid Bayern Munich Interest

?Juventus are believed to have prepared a big money contract offer for Arsenal contact rebel Aaron Ramsey, and could offer the Wales international a deal worth £10m-a-year when his current contract expires in the summer.

Despite repeated attempts from the Gunners to keep him at the club, Ramsey has failed to come to an agreement over a new deal, and is now set to end his spell at the Emirates Stadium when the current campaign comes to a close. While Juventus appear to be the frontrunners to snap up Ramsey, Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are also believed to be keen on a deal.

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According to the Sun, the Bosman rule allows ?Ramsey to agree a move away from the ?Premier League in January, and that fact that he will leave on a free transfer gives him considerable bargaining power when it comes to his weekly wage. The reported £200k-a-week deal prepared by the ?Bianconeri would almost double his current wage.

The report also claims scouts from ?Bayern Munich watched the 27-year-old in action for Wales in their UEFA Nations League clash against Denmark on Friday night, and are apparently prepared to rival ?Juventus in their pursuit of the player. Die Roten have endured a tricky started to the season, and are likely to rejuvenate their squad with new signings next summer.


While Ramsey is almost certain to leave ?Arsenal in the summer, his destination is likely to remain the subject of rumour for a few more weeks yet. Gunners fans will be eager for the saga to come to a close, and for their manager Unai Emery to begin work on finding a similarly technically gifted midfielder to star in their side next season.

Meanwhile, ?the Gunners are believed to be preparing to battle with their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur to sign Sampdoria youngster Joachim Andersen. The 22-year-old centre-back has been excelling in ?Serie A, and could be available for around £25m. Tipped as a future star for the Denmark national team, Andersen could prove a shrewd investment for either side.

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Journalist Claims ‘No Agreement Is in Place’ Between Bayern Munich & Arsenal for Aaron Ramsey

?Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk has revealed that there is no agreement in place between Bayern Munich and Arsenal over the transfer of Aaron Ramsey. 

The 27-year-old’s contract at the Emirates Stadium is set to expire at the end of this season, with both the Bundesliga side and Paris Saint-Germain linked with the Welsh international.

Despite recent speculation regarding a proposed move to ?Bayern Munich, Falk has confirmed, via his ?official Twitter account, that no deal has been agreed between Die Roten and the Gunners.


Of course, Bayern would not need to approach Arsenal to sign Ramsey from January 1st so long as he doesn’t sign a new deal, as foreign clubs are allowed to approach players within the last six months of their contract. Recent reports have suggested that Bayern would look to seal a pre-contract agreement with the player with a view to signing him for nothing in the summer.

?Ramsey has featured 16 times in all competitions this season, scoring once and providing four assists under new manager Unai Emery, although with no sign of a new contract being agreed between himself and ?Arsenal, it looks as if this could be his final year at the club. 

The midfielder has been with the north London side since 2008 having left boyhood club Cardiff City for £5.76m, and has gone on to make 347 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 47 goals. 

Should Ramsey leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the campaign, he will follow in the footsteps of midfielder Jack Wilshere, who did the same at the end of the 2017/18 season, before signing a deal to remain in London with West Ham United. 

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Arsenal have made a promising start to the season under Emery, and are only three points behind bitter rivals Tottenham in the Premier League, who currently sit in fourth place with 27 points. 

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Juventus & Man Utd Credited With Interest in James Rodriguez After Bayern Make Decision on Future

Italian champions Juventus and a host of Premier League clubs have been put on alert after it emerged that reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich will not be pursuing a permanent deal for James Rodriguez.

The Colombian playmaker is currently in the second year of his loan deal at Bayern from Real Madrid, but has only featured in eight Bundesliga matches this season – offering a reasonable return of three goals and an assist in under 500 minutes of action.

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Despite his considerable talent, according to Kicker (via the Mirror) Bayern Munich will not be looking to secure Rodriguez’s talents on a permanent basis and if they do choose to activate his £38m release clause, they will look to move him on immediately for a profit. 

It’s understood that Rodriguez doesn’t enjoy the best relationship with new Bayern boss Niko Kovac.

The news that Rodriguez will be on the market will alert clubs who have been linked to the Colombian previously, such as Juventus, Manchester United and Liverpool. The front page of Saturday’s Corriere dello Sport suggests that the Italian champions could make their move for Rodriguez in June.

Though it’s unclear whether James would fit into Liverpool’s current system or if Juventus can compete financially after the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, he appears to be the perfect Manchester United player.

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The Colombian has the ability to play in Mourinho’s 4-3-3 or 4-3-2-1 system, and he may help to solve some of the problems United have been suffering from in the attacking department. 

The only question mark would be over his current fitness – Rodriguez recently picked up a knee injury that will sideline him for the remainder of the calendar year, this will all but rule out a possible January move.

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Joshua Kimmich States Leverkusen Star Kai Havertz Would Be Perfect Fit for Bayern Munich

?Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich has spoken of his admiration for Bayer Leverkusen youngster Kai Havertz, and believes the attacking midfielder would be a perfect fit for the reigning Bundesliga champions.

Despite being just 19 years old, Havertz is a regular for Leverkusen and is the focal point of their attack. The German has scored six times and added five assists in all competitions this season. and made his full Germany debut against Russia on Thursday, setting up the third goal in a 3-0 victory.

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Speaking to reporters as quoted by AS, Kimmich made his thoughts on Havertz very clear. “I cannot buy him, but Kai Havertz is a player who would suit us well,” the Bayern defender insisted.

Kimmich wasn’t the only one who had praise for Havertz’s performance though, with Germany boss Joachim Löw singling out the youngster for special praise after the win over Russia.

“He impressed me. He is very secure on the ball and has good positioning going forward.

“When he gets the ball, he always tries to bring the ball forward. You can see that in training as well.”

Despite their comfortable win over Russia, Germany are on the brink of relegation from their UEFA Nations League group. They face the Netherlands in Gelsenkirchen on Monday and anything but a victory will see the four time World champions relegated from their group.

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