Spanish giants Barcelona have recently expressed a keen interest in acquiring the services of Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong, which seems unlikely at this stage due to Ajax’s focus on qualifying for the Champions League group stage, according to Sport.
De Jong would be the perfect replacement for ex-Brazilian midfielder Paulinho who recently signed up for his ex-CSL club Guangzhou Evergrande. The Netherlands midfielder was extremely impressive last season in the Eredivisie with his performances drawing praise from experts and fans alike.
Barcelona has been on the lookout for a creative midfielder who can stitch passes and reinforce the gameplay in the heart of midfield with the recent departure of midfield maestro Andre Iniesta. Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal is another midfielder who has been recently linked with a move to Camp Nou.
De Jong would certainly be a shrewd addition to the unit with his ability to dictate the game under pressure whose absence was ruthlessly exposed during Barcelona’s shock capitulation against Italian outfit AS Roma during their Champions League tie last season.
Manager Ernesto Valverde has been less than impressed with the recent transfers which was quite apparent during the recent interaction with the press. Valverde’s remarks indicated a desire to maintain a safe distance from the club’s decision to sign Brazilian sensation Malcom with his preference for Chelsea winger Willian painfully apparent.
A street-smart midfielder like De Jong would certainly match the profile of players desired by the current Barcelona manager with the giants all set to battle it out toe-to-toe against bitter rivals Real Madrid in the upcoming season.