Barcelona has recently confirmed that the club will sign Frenkie de Jong from Ajax for an initial price tag of €75 million, beating Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain to the highly regarded midfielder.
Ajax will receive an additional €11 million in add-ons should De Jong succeed at Barcelona, where he has inked a 5-year deal with Camp Nou that will take him up until the 2023/24 season. De Jong is going to stay at Ajax until the current season is completed before he makes his switch to Barcelona during the summer.
“De Jong is one of the most promising midfielders in Europe at the moment,” Barcelona stated recently. “At only 21 years of age, De Jong is set to join the Camp Nou club after he proved himself as an incredible multifunctional footballer that has the ability to offer killer passes and can read a game extremely well.”
The Pursuit for
Frenkie de Jong
Barcelona’s pursuit for de Jong goes all the way back to 2016. Robert Fernandez, the former sporting director for Barcelona, has been admiring the Netherlands international for a long time and made two offers for him previously. However, Marc Overmars, the sporting director for Ajax, stated that they were not even close to the player’s true value.
After failing with both their offers, Barcelona decided to withhold their interests until the season came to an end. However, after PSG surfaced with their interest in de Jong, Barcelona had to act quickly. A delegation from Barcelona quickly made its way to Amsterdam as de Jong seemed like he was leaning towards the offer made by PSG. However, Barcelona decided to up their offer and provide frequent playing time as well which is something de Jong was concerned about the most.
Earlier this week, Barcelona still didn’t have a clue if their efforts were enough for de Jong to make the trip to Camp Nou and simply had to wait for the decision from de Jong, knowing that there was fierce competition for de Jong’s signature.
One club that wanted de Jong was Manchester City. However, although they were quite interested in transferring the player, they already realized that de Jong was very interested in Barcelona and they couldn’t match the bonuses or salary to successfully sign the player.
Later in the week, de Jong finally informed Barcelona that he would sign the contract. To avoid another Antoine Griezmann fiasco, Barcelona quickly made plans to get the contract drawn up and let de Jong sign it before any other football club could interfere.
De Jong’s Career
De Jong initially joined Ajax in 2015 from Willem II and successfully progressed through the academy of the club, making his initial debut in early 2017. He managed to win his first international cap last June for the Netherlands and established himself as a vital player for the Ajax squad. His new deal with Barcelona will certainly see the player improve even more at Camp Nou.