Bayern Munich to Reportedly Bid €150M for Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2018

Frenkie de Jong of Ajax during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and ADO Den Haag at the Johan Cruijff Arena on December 02, 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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Bayern Munich have reportedly entered the race to sign Ajax duo Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt and aim to gazump rival suitors Barcelona and Manchester City with a 150 million (£133 million) bid.

According to German outlet Sport Bild (h/t Goal), both players have told Ajax they want to move to the Allianz Arena, potentially giving Bayern a major edge in the pursuit of two of Europe's most exciting young stars.

De Ligt, 19, and De Jong, 21, are both now full Netherlands internationals and have played key roles in the recent resurgence of Ajax and the national team.

Per Simon Kuper of ESPN.com, they are both fully deserving of the attention they have been getting from Barca and City.

De Ligt is a centre-back and De Jong a central midfielder, and both have displayed maturity beyond their years since breaking into the Ajax first team from their youth setup in 2016.

Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and ADO Den Haag at the Johan Cruijff Arena on December 02, 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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As a duo, they could potentially form the spine of a top team in the years to come, so it is little surprise the likes of Barca, Bayern and City have been looking at them both.

And the German champions, of the three clubs, are arguably the most in need of some freshening up.

Jerome Boateng, Javi Martinez, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski are all now in their 30s and continue to make up the core of Niko Kovac's side.

All are fine players, but Bayern's current fourth position in the Bundesliga, nine points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, indicates it may be a time for change.

De Ligt and De Jong are exciting, talented players who could have a major impact on Bayern's future, and it will be a major coup for the German giants if they manage to snap them up ahead of Barcelona or City. 

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