Barcelona have finally won the race to sign Frenkie de Jong with the midfielder rejecting Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, according to several reports.
All three clubs have been competing to sign the Ajax midfielder, who is considered one of the brightest young talents in Europe, but reports last week say that Paris Saint-Germain were on the brink of completing a deal and were confident that De Jong would reject rival offers.
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According to Catalunya Radio and De Telegraaf, the player has now chosen to join Barcelona and De Jong will make the move to the Spanish champions in the summer transfer window.
It's claimed that De Jong's rep has informed City and PSG that the midfielder will sign for Barca, and the Spanish club's president Josep Maria Bartomeu will travel to Amsterdam on Wednesday to complete the deal with Ajax.
Barcelona will pay a transfer fee in the region of €90 million for De Jong, which will make him the most expensive Dutch footballer in history after Liverpool's £75m deal for Virgil van Dijk just over a year ago.
City have been in the market to sign a central midfielder to ease the burden on Fernandinho but even Pep Guardiola admitted that Manchester City would struggle to compete with Barca in the race for De Jong.
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“Normally when you are involved with Madrid and Barcelona, you are going to lose,” the City boss said earlier this month.
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