Barcelona have signed Dutch youngster Frenkie de Jong from Ajax for €75 Million fee that could go up to €86 Million in add-ons.
The 21-year-old midfielder will join the Catalan giants at the start of next Season and has been termed by Ernesto Valverde as an important addition. The player has signed a five-year contract that will kick in from the start of the 2019-2020 Season. De Jong is an extremely versatile midfielder with a special eye for through balls and passes that can split defences.
📝 Contract = signed
🤝 Deal = done
👱🏻 Frenkie = 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/BwZPjR5JKw
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 23, 2019
De Jong is extremely versatile and can be deployed as a central defensive midfielder or as a Central attacking midfielder. He is extremely solid at both positions and is very technical as a player, to go with all of that he is only 21 years old which means he most probably hasn’t even hit his best form yet. Barcelona released a statement yesterday on their Club’s website with details about the transfer.
“FC Barcelona and Ajax have reached an agreement for the transfer of midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who will be joining the Catalan club from 1 July 2019. The cost of the transfer operation is €75m, plus a further €11m in variables. The player will be signing a contract for the next five seasons, through to 2023-24.”
Barca fans must be ecstatic with the signing of de Jong not only because he is an extremely talented player but also because transfers between Ajax and Barcelona have held historic relevance to the Blaugrana. Club greats like Patrick Kluivert, Frank de Boer, Ronald Koeman, and the legendary Johan Cruyff. Fans will be expecting nothing less from Frenkie de Jong and to add to this pressure he will need to make a conscious effort to live up to the 75 Million price tag.
The Club have reportedly been interested in the Dutchman since 2016 and had two bids rejected initially. This Season Barca had to fight off the likes of Manchester City and Paris St Germain to land their man and the Parisian Club reportedly came awfully close to signing de Jong but in the end, it was Barca who won the race for him.
Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu spoke very highly of de Jong and expressed his happiness after confirming the transfer,
“With the arrival of Frenkie De Jong, we add talent, youth, and Barça style to our sporting project. We are convinced that he will be a key part of our team for years to come.”