Ajax’s In-Demand Starlet 95 Percent Certain Of Leaving Come Summer

Netherlands' Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong after the match.

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The 21-year-old midfield talent has been heavily impressive this season, which has attracted attention from several European powerhouses like Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, and Manchester United, to name a few.

However, Catalan giants Barcelona remain the frontrunners in this transfer race. In fact, the player’s father has already admitted that Camp Nou would be the best possible destination for the youngster, who has a luxurious problem on his hands.

Speaking to Voetbalprimeur, John De Jong stated: “He must decide himself and he is smart enough to make that decision. Frenkie will probably ask himself this question in spring. However, he is not short of options. He will leave Ajax – that is 95 percent certain.

“A team that actually plays football would suit him best. All of the clubs interested in him are ones with teams that play. In terms of climate, Barcelona would be best. However, the financial aspect remains to be seen.”

Further, the in-demand player himself has revealed that he is currently committed to the Eredivisie outfit, and will not be looking to depart midway through the ongoing season.

“The only thing that I will say is that there is no agreement yet,” said De Jong. “No official decision has been taken. All of my attention is on Ajax. I will finish the season here with Ajax and I certainly will not be leaving during the winter break.”

Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars recently confirmed that the club values De Jong around €75 million. Therefore, it remains to be seen precisely which juggernaut successfully swoops in to bag the Dutchman’s signature by meeting the high valuation.