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Guardiola identifies replacement for Man City star, would be a superb signing

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is considering a summer move for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.

The 18-year-old centre back is rated as one of the best young players in the World and Guardiola wants to sign him as a replacement for Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.

The Belgian is 32 years old and he is quite injury prone.

Davy Klaassen must toughen up to succeed with Everton- Vlaar

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Ron Vlaar has that Davy Klaassen needs to toughen up if he wants to succeed at Everton.

The Dutch international arrived at Goodisan Park last summer and was expected to shine after having guided Ajax to the final of the Europa League the season before.

Unfortunately, things went very wrong.

Tottenham submit £48m bid for highly rated star, would be a superb signing

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Tottenham and Manchester City are set to battle it out for Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt it seems.

According to journalist Nicolo Schira, Tottenham had a bid accepted for the Dutchman earlier this week. However, Premier League champions Manchester City have outbid them.

Apparently, Spurs’ bid was in the region of €55m (£48m) and City have bid around €60m.

Tottenham preparing £45m offer for Man City target, star wants summer exit

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Tottenham target Matthijs de Ligt wants to leave Ajax at the end of this season.

As per the reports (translated by talkSPORT), de Ligt is a target for Manchester City as well.

The highly-rated Ajax star is one of the best young defenders around and he could be the ideal long-term replacement for Toby Alderweireld.

11-goal winger could join Everton, Raiola wants to bring him to England

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Everton could end up signing the highly talented Ajax winger Justin Kluivert.

According to a report from Tutto Mercato Web (translated by SportWitness), the 19-year-old could be Premier League bound in summer.

Apparently, Kluivert has chosen Mino Raiola as his representative and the Italian super agent is keen on bringing him to England.

Man City confident of signing 6ft 2in powerhouse for £50m this summer

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Manchester City are interested in signing the highly rated Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.

The Ajax centre-back is rated as one of the best young players in the world right now and he would be a quality signing for most clubs around the world.

Pep Guardiola feels that the Dutchman would be the ideal long-term replacement for the club captain Vincent Kompany and therefore he is prepared to sanction a £50 million move for De Ligt.

Tottenham hope to agree £45m deal with Ajax for Toby Alderweireld replacement

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According to The S*n, Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to land the signature of Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt as a potential replacement for Chelsea and Manchester United-linked Toby Alderweireld who is rumoured to be considering his future.

De Ligt has rose through the youth ranks to the Ajax first-team in 2016 and has gone on to make 60 appearances in all competitions at the tender age of 18.

Man City want £50m-rated player, club officials flew out to scout him this week

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Manchester City are interested in signing the highly rated Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt.

The Ajax centre-back is rated as one of the best young players in the world right now and City are keen to snap him up.

As per the reports, Manchester City’s technical director Txiki Bergiristain and Gary Worthington, the club’s assistant head of player recruitment were in Amsterdam on Wednesday to check out the player.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan insists Arsenal will give ‘everything’ to win Europa League title

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Tottenham ready to shell out £50 million on international, Arsenal also interested in summer swoop

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Tottenham Hotspur are planning a summer move for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.

With Toby Alderweirild looking likely to leave the club at the end of the season, Spurs are in the market for another centre-half and football.london has claimed they are interested in de Ligt.

The 18-year-old Netherlands international centre-back has previously been linked with Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City, but Spurs are believed to be ready to pay £50 million to secure the 18-year-old’s services.

On This Day in Football: Ajax is formed, Fulham stun Juventus

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On this day in 1900, three men, Floris Stempel, Han Dade and Carel Reeser formed AFC Ajax in Amsterdam.

The new football club was named after the Greek hero Ajax, a cousin of Achilles and one who fought in the Trojan War.

Ajax’s beginnings were spent in the second division of Dutch football.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City linked with international defender

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Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City have been linked with a move for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.

The 18-year-old is one of Europe’s most sought-after players, with Mundo Deportivo claiming Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also monitoring his progress.

De Ligt made his professional debut for Jong Ajax in August 2016 and went on to play for the club’s first team the following month.

Arsenal amongst a host of Premier League giants in race for Dutch stopper

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On This Day in Football: Birth of a United legend, Cruyff wins yet again

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On this day in 1941, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was born in Govan, Glasgow.

Ferguson’s footballing career began with Scottish side Queens Park for whom he made his debut as a striker at the age of 16. Three years with Queens Park was followed by a spell at St Johnstone before signing for Dunfermilne Athletic.

Five Things: Football’s weird and wonderful rituals and habits

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People involved in football are continually looking for ways to gain an advantage over their opposition.

Whether it’s superstitions, compulsions or psychology, the sport has some weird and wonderful stories of the ways its stars seek to gain a competitive edge.

Read on for our top five strange rituals and habits of some of football’s most famous names.

On This Day in Football: Suarez takes his first bite, Saints bring in Pagan priestess

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On this day in 2010, Luis Suarez took his first bite on a football pitch as he sunk his teeth into PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal during an Eredivisie match.

The Uruguayan striker, then at Ajax, went into the 2010-11 season at the back of a phenomenal campaign. The former Liverpool superstar scored 49 goals in 48 appearances for Ajax in all competitions and was off to a similar start in the new season as the four time European Cup winners went head to head against league leaders PSV.

Tottenham eyeing move for this creative midfielder, he contributed to 15 goals last season

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Tottenham are interested in signing the highly talented Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek.

The 20-year-old has already established himself as a starter at Ajax and the Londoners are impressed with the young midfielder’s performances so far.

Van de Beek made 48 appearances for the Eredivisie giants last season and he managed to contribute to 15 goals (6 goals and 9 assists) during that time.

Dutchman heading to Emirates next season, Arsenal have secured the agreement

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Arsenal are looking to appoint a director of football and they have reached an agreement with Marc Overmars.

The former Arsenal player has been the director of football at Ajax since 2012 and he is very experienced in that position now. Furthermore, he knows the club well and he should be able to lead them into the right direction.

Man Utd legend says Davinson Sanchez moved to Tottenham too early, could regret leaving Ajax

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Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar believes Davinson Sanchez signed for Tottenham Hotspur from Ajax too early in his career.

The 21-year-old moved to Spurs for £42 million, joining Jaro Riedewald, Davy Klaassen and Kenny Tete in leaving last year’s Europa League finalists this summer.

Spurs agree club record deal for star, move signals tactical change from Pochettino

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Tottenham have agreed on a deal to sign the highly talented centre back Davinson Sanchez from Ajax.

The Colombian has been linked with a move to the Premier League for over a week now and the Londoners will be paying a club record fee for his services.

According to Telegraph, Sanchez was one of Pochettino’s top targets and Ajax will receive an initial fee of £28million up front for the player.

Spurs closing in on first summer transfer, South American expected to sign by tomorrow

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Tottenham are looking to sign the Ajax centre back Davinson Sanchez this summer and it appears that a deal might be close.

The Colombian was left out of Ajax’s squad for the match against Heracles. Apparently, the player is not 100% focused right now.

According to Daily Mirror, Spurs are now in advanced talks with Ajax for the South American and the deal should be completed by Tuesday.

Roundup: Spurs star confirms he will leave at some point; Pochettino set to bid £35m for defender

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Tottenham defender Danny Rose has rocked the club with some sensational claims about his future.

In an interview with the Sun, Rose revealed that he wants to play for a club in the North. The left back feels that he has been away from his family for a while now and he will make it a priority to return in the near future.

Crystal Palace Roundup: Eagles submit £16m bid for Arsenal player; Deal agreed for versatile defender

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Premier League outfit Crystal Palace are looking to improve their defence ahead of the new season and Frank de Boer has already agreed on a deal to sign the highly talented Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald.

The versatile defender can operate as a left back, a defensive midfielder, as well as a centre back.

Dutch great Frank de Boer given Palace job

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London (AFP) – Former Dutch international great Frank de Boer is the new manager of English Premier League side Crystal Palace it was announced on Monday.

The 47-year-old - who guided Ajax to four successive league titles before a disappointing short spell at Serie A giants Inter Milan - signed a three year contract.

Everton agree deal to sign playmaker; €27m star poses in club shirt, delivers message to the fans

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Everton have completed the signing of attacking midfielder Davy Klaassen from Ajax. The deal, worth €27 million, was announced by the Toffees late on Thursday. Earlier on in the same day, the club also unveiled goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland.

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Ajax Confirm Stadium To Be Officially Renamed ‘Johan Cruyff Arena’ As Of Next Season (Photo & Video)

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Ajax have announced that, as of the start of next season, their stadium will be renamed in honour of their greatest son, Johan Cruyff, who sadly died in 2016.

Currently the Amsterdam ArenA (with three capital A's for stylistic reasons), the venue will officially be known as the 'Johan Cruijff ArenA' as and when the 2018/19 campaign kicks off.

Retro Football: 13-Year-Old Marco Van Basten’s Youth Player Registration Card At UVV Utrecht, 1977 (Photo)

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The photo you see above dates from 1983/84 and shows a 19-year-old Marco van Basten of Ajax taking on Johan Cruyff, 37, of Feyenoord during the latter's final season as a professional footballer.

It is the earliest photo of Van Basten included in the Getty Images archive, but we just so happened to have stumbled across an official document that includes that features an even younger image of the striker who would ultimately go on to become a three-time Ballon d'Or winner.

FAIL: Den Bosch Winger Danny Verbeek Makes Unholy Stinking Hash Of Open Goal Tap-In (Video)

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He couldn't possibly fail to score from there, could he? (Image: Ajax TV)

The Dutch second tier (or Eerste Divisie to give it its proper name) isn't exactly renowned for grabbing headlines the world over but Den Bosch winger Danny Verbeek did his bit to change that at the weekend.

Spurs agree deal to sign Ajax’s Davinson Sanchez

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Spurs set to bid £35m for Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez

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Ajax: Thousands Of Fans Gather Outside Abdelhak Nouri’s Family Home To Show Support For Stricken Midfielder (Photos & Video)

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Legions of Ajax fans assembled outside the family home of Abdelhak Nouri to stage a mass show of support for the young midfielder who collapsed during a recent match.

Nouri, known as Appie, passed out on the pitch during a pre-season friendly against Werder Bremen in Austria last week, with Ajax subsequently confirming the 20-year-old has been left with "serious and permanent" brain damage after suffering cardiac arrhythmia.

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LAST SEASON'S EUROPA LEAGUE FINALISTS ARE OUT OF EUROPE ALREADY

Spare a thought for Ajax, who thrilled at times on their way to last season's Europa League final before a Mourinho masterclass floored them.

Unsurprisingly, the stellar eleven which dazzled as recently as May has now been whittled away.

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LAST SEASON'S EUROPA LEAGUE FINALISTS ARE OUT OF EUROPE ALREADY
Spare a thought for Ajax, who thrilled at times on their way to last season's Europa League final before a Mourinho masterclass floored them.
Unsurprisingly, the stellar eleven which dazzled as recently as May has now been whittled away.

‘He Told Me I Was A F**ker’ – UEFA Doping Official Reveals Precise Nature Of Phil Jones’ Angry Europa League Final Rant

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Phil Jones is currently serving a three-match European ban afterbeing found guilty of abusing language toward UEFA officials in the aftermath of the Europa League final.

Jones was an unused substitute in Manchester United's 2-0 win over Ajax in Stockholm but was still selected to undergo a random drug test after the final whistle.

Man Utd: Phil Jones Given Two-Match Ban For Using ‘Abusive Language’ In Front Of UEFA Drug Test Officials

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"So I says to him, 'F**k off, you white-coat, p*ss-bottling UEFA tw*tshaft! There's no f**king way I'm widdling in that f**king cup so you can f**k yourself right off!'"

Phil Jones will be banned for the first of Manchester United's Champions League group games after being found guilty of abusing UEFA officials in the aftermath of the Europa League final.

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Thursday Kickoff: Salah injury, Chelsea to offer Hazard new deal and more

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While one star Premier League winger deals with an injury, another is reportedly set for a new contract offer.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah says he is"all fine, all good" after picking up an injury against Manchester City, but the winger is unlikely to feature against Everton this weekend. (REPORT)

Chelsea is reportedly set to offer Eden Hazard a much-improved contract to keep him with the club.

First Touch Of The Gods: Three Heavenly Minutes Of Dennis Bergkamp And His Flawless Ball Control (Video)

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Dennis Bergkamp was very good at football. He scored lots of memorable goals, won lots of trophies and even forged himself an ice-cold nickname.

He was also very good at controlling the football and particularly adept at using his body as a shield to simultaneously bring in a wayward pass on a tractor beam and then flit away from his marker in one fluid movement.

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Arsenal and Manchester City are going head-to-head in the pursuit of Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong, reports The Sun. The 20-year-old, who joined from Willem II in 2015, has made eight appearances in the Dutch Eredivisie this season, and could be on his way out of the Amsterdam ArenA given recent interest.

‘I Pray For You’ – Kevin-Prince Boateng Vows To Wear Undershirt In Support Of Abdelhak Nouri For Entire Season (Photo)

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Kevin-Prince Boateng has announced that he will wear an undershirt in tribute to stricken Ajax midfielder Abdelhak 'Abbie' Nouri for the entirety of next season.

As you no doubt recall, Nouri, 20, suffered "serious and permanent" brain damage after collapsing during a pre-season friendly a fortnight or so ago.

Keizer to ink deal as Ajax coach

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The Hague (AFP) – Top Amsterdam club Ajax on Saturday said it will appoint the relatively inexperienced as new head coach following the departure of Peter Bosz for Borussia Dortmund after a single season.

“He (Keizer) will shortly sign a contract starting 1 July 2017 with a span of two years,” Ajax said in a statement.