Barcelona and Ajax are exploring a collaboration agreement which would see the sides work together in an effort to continue the development of young stars from both squads.
The two clubs have had a special relationship since the days of Johan Cruyff, with many transfers between the sides producing good results for both parties. With the deal for Frenkie de Jong already done and negotiations currently being held for centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, the clubs are continuing a long-standing tradition of moving young talent between Amsterdam and Barcelona.
They've already got de Jong, now they're going after de Ligt! — 90min (@90min_Football) March 6, 2019
Big move from de Barcelona! https://t.co/pLp6dQZODl
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Ajax began the negotiations by taking less money from the Blaugrana in the deal for De Jong. PSG had offered a much higher bid, but Ajax accepted the player wanted a move to the Camp Nou and the club respected the decision. The Amsterdam club has never hidden their satisfaction over sealing transfers like that of Jasper Cillessen or De Jong, giving their young players a chance to progress and take a step forward in their careers.
The directors of both clubs have a good relationship on a personal level and believe this will only be enhanced by a formal agreement between the sides.