The circus surrounding Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong continues as the starlet has now reportedly agreed to join FC Barcelona.
Frenkie de Jong is now a step away from Barcelona. The Blaugrana have taken a big leap forward in the push for the Ajax midfielder in recent weeks. De Jong has now given the OK to the club’s proposals, waiting for the two sides to reach an agreement for his fee. Barca wanted to put a reservation on the player, who has always shown his willing to play at Camp Nou, to try and negotiate a lower fee. Half the work is done.
Barca have been in constant contact with De Jong and his people since the summer. Ajax didn’t want to negotiate earlier because they don’t want to sell their star players. Barca have agreed with them that they can move for De Jong in June 2019 if the player wants to go - which he does.
His agent has spoken to various clubs. The player wanted to listen to offers on the market and met with Man City, Bayern Munich and PSG. All the economic proposals were astronomic but De Jong wanted to prioritise Barca. Two weeks ago his agent headed to Barcelona to get a written, concrete offer. They wanted Barca to take a final decision.
Always the king of Twitter, Mats Hummels continued his reign as the veteran center back is sure he can out-duel James Rodriguez on the court.
The “battle” started when Hummels told James his shooting was pretty good.
From there, FC Bayern basketball started to push for a competition.
Maybe “losing out” on de Jong has a trickle down effect?
Aaron Ramsey’s departure from the Emirates seems highly likely but his destination is still a mystery. The Daily Mirror reports that Paris St Germain are looking to prepare a £9m bid for the Welsh star to see off interest from Juventus and Bayern Munich.
22-year old Villarreal attacking midfielder Pablo Fornals has supposedly found his way on to Bayern’s radar.
Barcelona, very recently, sent an emissary to ‘scope’ the player and the club. At the moment, Barça’s interest is uncertain. Also Arsenal’s Unai Emery and Bayern Munich (in the process of restructuring its staff) have shown interest in Fornals, whose name will make headlines in the coming months.