Barcelona have beaten Man City to the signing of Frenkie de Jong from Ajax for an initial fee of €75million.
The highly-rated 21-year-old was a target for Pep Guardiola at City, while Paris Saint-Germain were also keen, but the LaLiga giants have got their man for a huge sum.
De Jong will link up with his new club in July having penned a five-year contract, with the deal set to could include a further €11 million in add-ons.
The Barca website reports that president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the CEO Oscar Grau were “personally involved in closing the deal in Amsterdam”.
De Jong joined Ajax from Willem II in 2015 and has played 65 times for the Eredivisie club.
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. Welcome, Frenkie! pic.twitter.com/9HCHmrlqvj
— Josep Maria Bartomeu (@jmbartomeu) January 23, 2019
Bartomeu said: “With the arrival of De Jong we add talent, youth and Barca style to our sporting project.
“We are convinced he will be a key part of our team for many years to come. Welcome, Frenkie!”