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Transfer Talk: Manchester City hope for De Ligt after De Jong miss

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is open again. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media and setting our correspondents loose to see who could be heading to/out of your club this month.

TOP STORY: Manchester City seek transfer revenge on Barca with De Ligt deal

After missing out on Ajax wonderkid Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona this week, Manchester City are reportedly looking to exact transfer revenge by securing the services of one of Camp Nou club's top targets, Matthijs...

For most clubs, losing a star like Frenkie De Jong would be a killer. For Ajax, it's their business model

Access all areas at Ajax where Edwin van der Sar and Matthijs de Ligt reveal what makes their academy so special.

AMSTERDAM -- Matthijs de Ligt knows everyone outside of Ajax is talking about his future and which European superpower will secure his much-coveted signature.

"Am I annoyed by the rumours? No. Bored? A little bit," De Ligt tells ESPN. "But it doesn't matter to me if there's an article about where I should go or what I should do. It doesn't matter, at all."

He is only 19 and already captaining Ajax. He was named European Golden Boy in December, and as he talks on a pitch at their training ground,...

Ajax will not sell Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong in January - Edwin van der Sar

Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar has told ESPN FC the club will not sell Matthijs de Ligt or Frenkie de Jong in the January transfer window.

De Ligt, 19, was named European Golden Boy on Monday and has a number of suitors with Juventus and Barcelona linked with a move for the defender, while De Jong is also on the radar of a number of top clubs with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City reportedly keen.

But asked whether Ajax would be open to selling any of their star players in the January transfer...

Ajax's Matthijs De Ligt beats Trent Alexander-Arnold to Golden Boy award

Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt has been named Golden Boy 2018 by Italian newspaper Tuttosport, with Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold coming second.

Believe the hype: Ajax's next big stars on radar of Barca, Man City

De Ligt, 19, who has been linked with Barcelona and Juventus, succeeds Kylian Mbappe, who won the 2017 award. He picked up 224 votes from a panel of sports writers across Europe, with Alexander-Arnold earning 149 votes and Roma's Justin Kluivert coming third with 101.

He will pick...

PSG's Kylian Mbappe will not make history with second Golden Boy award

The FC crew discuss Thomas Tuchel's decision to bench Kylian Mbappe and Adrien Rabiot for the first half of Le Classique after the two were late for a team meeting.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Justin Kluivert, Matthijs de Ligt, Patrick Cutrone and Vinicius Junior are the names in contention for the 2018 Golden Boy award, with holder Kylian Mbappe out of the running.

Roma's Kluivert, Ajax's De Ligt, Liverpool's Alexander-Arnold, AC Milan's Cutrone and Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior will find out who wins on Dec. 17.

The award, first won by Rafael van der Vaart in 2003, followed by Wayne Rooney and Lionel Messi, is organised by Italian newspaper Tuttosport and presented...

 By Simon Kuper

Believe the hype: Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong are next big stars on radar of Barca, Man City

You wait years for any sort of talent, then two great ones come along at once.

That's the feeling among Dutch fans now, and among the scouts of clubs such as Barcelona and Manchester City who have become regulars in Ajax's Johan Cruijff Arena. Matthijs de Ligt, Ajax's central defender, looked a man among boys even when facing Manchester United in the 2017 Europa League final aged 17. Now, at 19, he's Ajax's captain and an automatic choice for Netherlands. His teammate Frenkie de Jong, 21, recently...