Barcelona: How LaLiga giants could line up next season with Ajax stars Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs de Ligt
Ajax have won many admirers this season and it appears inevitable their team will be carved up in the summer.
They have made it through to the semi-finals of the Champions League and claimed the scalps of Real Madrid and Juventus along the way.
They are also battling it out at the top of the Eredivisie with PSV Eindhoven.
Barcelona are one of the top teams expected to take the best of their young talents.
Frenkie De Jong is already joining the LaLiga club in the summer for around £65million.
The 21-year-old midfielder has impressed on the biggest stage and has been touted as one of the brightest young talents in world football.
He may not be the only Ajax player who will be joining Barcelona next season, though.
Matthijs de Ligt has been linked with a move to the Spanish club with De Jong reportedly advising him to join him.
The 19-year-old captain will be leaving the Dutch club in the summer but it is just a question of the destination.
Both players could fit in nicely at Barcelona with the club planning for the future.
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The young pair could be seen as long term replacements for Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets who are 32 and 30 respectively.Here’s how Barcelona could line-up next season with both in the team. Ernesto Valverde has favoured a 4-3-3 formation this season and could utilise the same with the two youngsters.
With Pique and Busquets
Valverde may want De Jong and De Ligt to learn from to two experienced players before fully replacing them in the side.
De Jong is a natural in Busquet’s position but he may be pushed slightly further forward to accommodate them both.
The defender is 32-years-old and next season may be his last in a Barcelona shirt.
He will finish his career with the club and looks set to take over as President when he calls it a day.
The manager may start preparing for the future without the defender and pair De Ligt with either Samuel Umtiti or Clement Lenglet.
Sergio Busquets has perhaps not got the recognition he deserves for the job he has done at Barcelona over the last decade.
He is likely to be a one man club and at 30 still has a few years left in him.
Valverde may look to prepare for life after the midfielder by deploying De Jong in the holding role.
Without Pique and Busquets
It is hard to imagine Barcelona would not use both players for big La Liga and Champions League clashes.
But against lesser opponents, they may look to give both De Jong and De Ligt the experience of being the key components in the side.
Change of formation
Valverde may look to move away from his favoured 4-3-3 formation in order to accommodate his new signings.
Ousmane Dembele could shift to the right in a 4-4-2 to allow both Busquets and De Jong to play in the middle.
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