This summer looks like being yet another record breaking one in terms of spending and one of the biggest deals will undoubtedly that of Ajax prodigy Matthijs de Ligt.
The 19 year-old skippered the Amsterdam outfit to a domestic double along with the semi-finals of the Champions League, firmly establishing himself as one of European footballs finest centre-backs and playing far beyond his tender years.
Ajax are keen to retain him but the Eredivise Champions have accepted that there's plenty of wealthy clubs interested in their star man and they simply can't afford to stand in their way.
Frenkie De Jong has already moved onto Barcelona for €75m whilst the likes of Donny van de Beek, Hakim Ziyech and David Neres have all been linked with big money moves. But the one that they'll be keen to keep is de Ligt.
The 19 year-old has taken on the responsibility of being club captain magnificently and driven Ajax to unprecedented success this season, which has led to his price tag soaring. For months now he's been expected to join his former teammate and international colleague De Jong in moving to Catalonia, with Barca seeing him as the natural replacement for the ageing Gerard Pique.
But of late there's been some stumbling blocks that are preventing the transfer from getting over the line. Barca need to raise the funds to finance this massive transfer along with that of Antoine Griezmann, who they're keen to sign from Atletico Madrid. But the World Cup winner has a huge release clause in excess of £100m which their rivals are demanding.
The more this saga drags on the more it looks like Barca could be outdone, with Spanish news outlet Sport reporting that Manchester United are attempting to hijack the deal. The Red Devils are in desperate need of new recruits for the upcoming campaign and signing de Ligt would be a HUGE statement of intent. They certainly have the funds to do it.