Ajax FC have comfirmed that a deal worth 75 million euros plus add-ons has been agreed with Spanish giants Barcelona for the transfer of midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
The 21-year-old is one of Europe’s most sought-after young players after impressing in the Ajax midfield since making his debut in 2016.
De Jong’s profile increased still further when he broke into the Netherlands side earlier this campaign and it seems a big-money move is not far away.
Man City were previously thought to be leading the race after telling Ajax they were willing to pay €70m plus €20m in bonuses to sign De Jong.
However, the Catalan club see De Jong as a key player for the future and were ready to offer bumper personal terms in order to edge ahead of the Premier League champions in the race to sign him.