After the Blaugrana completed the signing of one Dutch starlet, speculation is now building regarding a potential second raid on the Amsterdam ranks
Matthijs deÂ LigtÂ insists he is focused only on Ajax despite reports he could follow team-mateÂ FrenkieÂ de Jong's example and signÂ for Barcelona.Â
De Jong ended months of speculation on Wednesday when it was announced he will join Barca in June on a five-year contract, theÂ La LigaÂ club paying an initial â‚¬75 millionÂ (Â£65m/$85m) fee to sign the midfielder.Â
His Ajax colleague DeÂ LigtÂ has also been linked with a host of Europe's leading clubs but has played down suggestions he could also swap Amsterdam for Barcelona at the end of the season.Â
"I can't stop journalists talking about that, it's part of football," he said after Ajax's 3-1 cup victory over Heerenveen on Thursday.Â
"Now thatÂ FrenkieÂ has completed his transfer, it [the speculation] can happen to me, but the only thing that interests me is Ajax. That's the only thing I'm working on.Â
"I'm just going to do my ownÂ thingÂ and everything will work out if I do that. I think anyone would like to play for Barcelona at some point in their career.Â
"We'll see where I end up, but for now I'm very happy at Ajax and I hope to have a good season here. Or seasons, maybe.Â
"I think it's great forÂ FrenkieÂ to go to Barcelona. He deserves it and it's great that he was able to settle this issue, althoughÂ in reality theÂ negotiations didn't bother him much."Â
As for De Jong, ending all the chatter about his own future came as aÂ relief and he now hopes to play with freedom in his final few months at Ajax.Â
"It's nice that I have peace and can play football freely," he told Fox Sports.
"Now everyone can go and focus on Matthijs deÂ Ligt!"