27th September, 2019
Barcelona signed Frenkie de Jong from Ajax some months back after tracking him during the last Champions League competition and eventually convincing him to come to the Nou Camp.
However, what many fans did not know is the fact Frenkie de Jong also had concrete offers to join Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City this summer but turned them down.
The young midfielder arrived in June following his pre-agreed €75m move from Ajax, and the 22-year old says he is focused on forcing his way into Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI.
Reports now have it that, earlier this year there was a public race between a series of Europe’s elite clubs to land the talented midfielder, with the player now confirming the champions of France and England were among them.
“If it had not been Barcelona, it is hard for me to say now, but it would have had to have been PSG or Manchester City,” he told El Periodico.
“It is not good to talk about being motivated by money. Money is not my area – it was never a topic of discussion at meetings that I was at. That was my agent’s business.
“My choice of Barcelona was because they were the club who showed me the most love.
“The first time I heard about Barça? It was in 2018. My agent called me to say: ‘Barcelona has been interested in you, let’s talk to them.’ Listening to something like that makes you proud and flattered.”
The Dutch international has so far, been involved in all seven of Barcelona’s early fixtures, starting six of those.