Barcelona and Ajax are exploring the idea of an 'official collaboration' over transfers

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There has already been plenty of negotiations between Barcelona and Ajax this season.

In one of the biggest deals of a quiet January transfer window, the Bluagrana made their move and signed Frenkie de Jong on a long-term contract from the Dutch club.

The transfer was sealed for around €75 million, with in excess of €11 million in variables and the midfielder's contract will last until the 2013/24 season.

The move followed a long tradition for Barcelona signing Dutch players, having captured the likes of Johan Cruyff, Ronald Koeman, Patrick Kluivert and Frank De Boer over the years.

However, recent reports suggest that Barcelona could be just weeks away from making another raid on Ajax, this time for their highly-rated defender Matthijs de Ligt.

De Jong and De Ligt deals

The 19-year-old is one of the most exciting talents in European football and Barcelona are believed to more interested than ever after his performance in the 4-1 win over Real Madrid.

As a result, Sport reported this week that Barcelona are now in talks to sign De Ligt for €60 million and negotiations have been going so well that a deal could be reached in April.

It would be a real statement of intent from the Spanish champions and their latest signing with a view to the future, having aquired players like Ousmane Dembele and Arthur Melo.

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Agreement between Ajax and Barcelona

It all seems very shrewd business from Barcelona, but it appears they could go one step further and make a long-term agreement with Ajax themselves.

A report has emerged in Sport that claims Ajax could become an official feeder club to Barcelona, forming a mutual arrangement that would benefit both clubs.

The idea of an official collaboration first began during the negotiations for De Jong and it's believed that the De Ligt talks will only serve to advance the idea.

The Barcelona and Ajax directors have a brilliant personal relationship, while both parties have behaved exquisitely during recent transfer talks.

The deal would see Barcelona given the priority to sign talents who have progressed at Ajax and, in return, the Dutch club would receive a number of players who would help them in Eredivisie.

The sheer competition at La Masia means that sending young prospects out to Ajax would majorly benefit their career and give them valuable time on the pitch.

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It seems to suit both parties fantastically and Ajax's enthusiasm to see their players make the next step in their career is the huge driving force behind it all.

It might not be a case of Chelsea and Vitesse Arnhem, but it would certainly make Barcelona's European rivals sit up and take notice.

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