Real Madrid enter the race for De Jong

Ernesto Valverde

Ernesto Valverde

It follows on from a report by Mundo Deportivo which suggests that the Catalan giants failed with a possible offer of up to €30m to prise him away last month, with Tottenham also heavily linked.

The Reds midfielder has witnessed De Jong's ability at close range in the Holland squad this week.

According to OK Diario, European champions Madrid are now firmly in the race for De Jong, who made 26 appearances for Ajax during the 2017-18 campaign. Overmars does not think so.

"Barcelona may return for Frenkie in January, but players will not leave in that period".

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum spoke in glowing terms about De Jong after they both completed 90 minutes against France in midfield, but was keen to warn the player against leaving Ajax too early. The midfielder has put up a great performance to help Ajax to qualify for the Champions League this season.

We'll have to wait and see how things develop and if Tottenham are successful in their attempts to sign Chillwell and de Jong it would set them back around £85m - but it could be money well spent for two exciting youngsters.

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'Maybe someday I'll join Barcelona, but not this season.

De Jong has started his professional football career at Willem II in 2014.

He added: "He is doing very well now, but we have often had Dutch players who first played very well, but later became less".

De Jong was regarded as the talent of Jupiler League (second division Dutch side).

De Jong is under contract at Ajax until 2022, so any bid would have to be astronomical to be accepted.

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