Barcelona plot move for Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong

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Barcelona are stepping up attempts to secure the signing of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The 21-year-old is set to stay with Ajax for the rest of the season, but the Catalan giants are wary of growing interest from clubs such as Tottenham and PSG.

The Dutch midfielder started 25 times for the Eredivisie side last term, scoring one goal and providing one assist in the process.

Ernesto Valverde is reportedly keen to sign De Jong as he looks to bolster his midfield options.

It is believed a bid of as much as €60 million may be enough to get the deal over the line.

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Jerome Boateng was close to joining PSG this summer.

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has attacked Paris Saint-Germain over their pursuit of defender Jerome Boateng, suggesting the Ligue 1 champions need to replace sporting director Antero Henrique.

PSG attempted to sign the German centre-back ahead of last Friday’s transfer deadline, but the French club’s advances angered their counterparts.

“I would advise PSG to replace their sporting director. The man is not a great figurehead for the club,” Hoeness told Kicker.

“PSG cannot afford to have such a sporting director if they want to be one the best clubs in the world.”

“We asked for this fee [€50 million] because we do not want to hand over Jerome and assumed that Paris would not pay that amount. We also wanted to do our coach a favour because he wanted to keep the player.”

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“I do not want to insult anybody. But I will tell you: You can’t do things like that to Bayern Munich, especially when it is about that kind of player,” Salihamidzic said following Bayern’s 3-0 win over Stuttgart on Saturday.

“If a transfer shall happen, many things must fit. We must want it, the player must want it and the other club should show interest in that player. And we never felt that in any moment.

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