Last week, we relayed news from Spain that Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong had called Barcelona to say ‘no’ as he was all set to join Paris Saint-Germaina at the end of the season.
Following this, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, general manager Pep Segura, technical secretary Eric Abidal and his assistant Ramon Planes traveled to Amsterdam and met the 21-year-old last Thursday.
Bartomeu made several arguments as to why the midfielder should reject approaches from the Ligue 1 winners and Manchester City, and make a switch to Camp Nou.
It was also reported the he was expected to make a decision before Wednesday.
Today’s edition of Mundo Deportivo has the latest update, while they also have what has been reported by Catalunya Radio journalist Oriol Domènech and Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf on the same situation.
There’s been a new twist to this saga and last week’s trip has helped the Spanish champions.
The front page report reads ‘De Jong OK’ and his agent Ali Dursun has already informed PSG and City that his client will join the Catalan club.
So far, nothing has been signed and the Blaugrana leaders have been ready to travel to the Netherlands to close the deal for the Eredivisie star, if he ‘officially notified’ to join them.
They have now received positive signals, meaning Barcelona officials will travel today to ‘close the signing’ of De Jong.
Erik ten Hag’s side were demanding €75m to part ways with their player and De Telegraaf claims (via Mundo) that Barcelona will pay €90m to get the deal over the line by beating PSG and City in the process.
This should likely end the long saga surrounding De Jong’s future and if there is an official statement, the midfielder can then focus on the second half of the season.