The Dutch have always had a long association with Barcelona, as the likes of Koeman, De Boer, Davids, van Bommel, Patrick Kluivert and the legendary Johan Cruyff have all graced Camp Nou over the years.
Enersto Valverde wants to rekindle that association this summer, as he looks to raid Ajax and bring in as many as four youngsters in to the squad.
There have been significant talks at Barcelona over squad upheaval, with an eye to the future, as the last remaining members of the golden generation have all caught up in age.
Pique, Iniesta, Suarez and Messi are all on the wrong side of 30, with their decline approaching rapidly. It is therefore no surprise that the Catalan club are have brought in the likes of Dembele, Coutinho and Yerry Mina over the last year, as they try to form the next generation of Barcelona superstars.
One of Europe’s finest footballing institutes, Ajax have a rich history of cultivating promising stars at their club.
After years of below par performances in Europe, a young and exciting Ajax side reached the Europa league finals last year, which ultimately lost to Manchester United in the final.
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Of all their young stars, Justin Kluivert is the most exciting name as the son of the former Dutch and Barcelona star, Patrick Kluivert, is making heads turn all over Europe.
This was the great Patrick had to say about his son’s future,
“I’m very proud of him. He’s doing very good at Ajax. He’s now a first XI player. If he’s playing like this in the long-term, he could be one important player in the future.”
“Of course, I prefer that he goes to Barcelona but in football everything can happen. He’s an adult, he can make his own decisions but he’s already said it’s a dream for him to play for Barcelona. But you never know in football.”
Barcelona are extremely interested in bringing him in, but also realize that there is a lot of competition for his signature, as there are a host of top clubs that want to snatch the talented Dutchman.
Watch this space for more!