European giants Barcelona have reportedly beaten Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Frenkie de Jong from Ajax, with the Sport reporting that the youngster’s agent has informed City and PSG, that his client intends to move to the Nou Camp.
De Jong was linked with a host of European clubs but has chosen Barcelona, with the club keen to seal the deal as soon as possible, with the president Josep Maria Bartomeu along with certain delegates expected to travel to Amsterdam to sort out the deal.
❗Gerard Romero, CatRadio, Sport, Rac1, and Alfredo Martinez all have reported that the Frenkie De Jong deal is done. The player chose to play for FC Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/3LrQCee7Tf
— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) January 22, 2019
The 21-year-old is set to become one of the highest earners at the club and wont come in for cheap, with Ajax set to demand a fee in the region of €75 million for his services. Barcelona will be able to pay in three installments (other clubs offered Ajax the possibility of paying cash in a single installment), a move that will make the transfer even more expensive.
The Dutch international is widely considered to be one of the best young talents in the world, so far making 25 appearances for Ajax this season while also appearing five times for Netherlands last year.
His style of play is similar to the ethos practiced the Catalan giants and it will be interesting to see how he fares when and if he moves to Spain in the summer.