Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Why Barcelona failed to sign one of their top targets

Why Barcelona failed to sign one of their top targets

Ajax director of football affairs Marc Overmars has stated that Frenkie de Jong will not be departing Amsterdam in January.

According to Don Balon, senior players in the Barca squad, including Philippe Coutinho, are aware that the La Liga champions are pushing to get a deal in place in the coming weeks which will see De Jong join them ahead of next season as they look to fend off stiff competition for his signature.

LIVERPOOL star Georginio Wijnaldum has been impressed by the talent of Ajax youngster Frenkie de Jong.

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Reports claimed that Barcelona offered Ajax £25m for their midfielder but were told he was not for sale.

Spurs are also reportedly in the market for another midfielder and TeamTalk are citing the report from the Telegraph as saying that Pochettino is also planning to test Ajax's resolve with an improved bid for de Jong. However, they are believed to be still in talks with Ajax, as they grow anxious over interest in the 21-year old from other clubs, mainly from Tottenham Hotspur.

The report from Sport analyses Barcelona's interest in de Jong, revealing that he is seen as a potential successor to Sergio Busquets in the heart of the midfield.

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He has two Netherlands caps to his name, debuting as a second-half substitute during the 2 - 1 win over Peru last week, before starting in Sunday's 2 - 1 defeat to world champions France in Paris. "Maybe someday I'll join Barcelona, but not this season", he said.

De Jong is under contract at Ajax until 2022, so any bid would have to be astronomical to be accepted. "He is doing very well now, but we have often had Dutch players who first played very well then later became less".

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