Reported Tottenham targets Frenkie de Jong and Mathijs de Ligt urged to join Barcelona

(L-R) Frenkie de Jong of Ajax, Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax during the Dutch Eredivisie  match between NAC Breda v Ajax at the Rat Verlegh Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Breda Netherlands

Netherlands legend Ronald de Boer thinks the two Spurs-linked youngsters should swap Ajax for Barca - or Manchester City.

(L-R) Frenkie de Jong of Ajax, Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax during the Dutch Eredivisie  match between NAC Breda v Ajax at the Rat Verlegh Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Breda Netherlands

Highly-rated Ajax youngsters Frenkie de Jong and Mathijs de Ligt are believed to be sought after by a number of top European clubs as the January transfer window rolls ever closer.

The former, a 21-year-old midfielder, has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur for a number of months, with The Mirror most recently claiming interest from the Premier League outfit.

De Ligt, meanwhile, is a 19-year-old centre-back allegedly deemed by Spurs earlier this year as a successor to Toby Alderweireld in the heart of the team's defence, according to the Evening Standard.

 

A number of other clubs are also thought to be in the running for the two players, with Goal.com tipping Manchester City to make a move for De Jong.

In a development sure to alarm Spurs fans, the latest comments from Netherlands legend Ronald de Boer could potentially scupper Tottenham's hopes of landing the duo.

The former Ajax star has urged De Jong and De Ligt to consider a switch to Barcelona as their playing ethos is similar, but failing that, they should consider Pep Guardiola's charges.

analist Ronald de Boer of FOX Sports during the Dutch Eredivisie match between ADO Den Haag and AZ on april 21, 2016 at the Kyocera stadium in The Hague, the Netherlands

“I advise them to sign for Barcelona, or if not, for Pep's Manchester City," the Dutchman told Spanish outlet Esports COPE.

“Ajax’s style is the same as Barca’s, they could adapt quickly. I would also advise them to go to Barcelona because the club is in my heart.”

With such a glowing recommendation from one of Dutch football's best players of recent times, could these comments sway De Boer's young compatriots away from north London?

(L-R) Matthijs de Ligt of Holland, Frenkie de Jong of Holland celebrates the victory  during the  UEFA Nations league match between Holland  v France  at the Feyenoord Stadium on November...

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