Barcelona plans to snare Ajax youngster Frenkie de Jong could be scuppered by Tottenham Hotspur in January 2019, according to reports.
De Jong, 21, is rated as one of the best prospects in the Netherlands and was handed his international debut during this international break.
The Telegraph stated this progress has alerted Spurs, who didn’t sign anyone in the summer. Both themselves and Barca saw bids rejected for De Jong last month.
De Jong has scored once in 37 matches for Ajax. He can play in centre midfield or at centre-back.
Inter sent a scout to watch Frenkie de Jong in the Netherlands’ Nations Cup opener against France on Sunday, according to Corriere dello Sport.
The Ajax star played the full 90 minutes of the 2-1 defeat to Les Bleus in Paris, showing his class on and off the ball against the world’s best team.
The 21-year-old, who still has four years remaining on his contract at the Johan Cruijff Arena, has also been monitored by Barcelona, Manchester City and Chelsea.
The Serie A side though will face tough competition from Barcelona, who are keen to sign the player in the January transfer window.
It is believed a bid of as much as €60 million may be enough to get the deal over the line.
The 24-year-old was a vital cog in the Partenopei machine last season, netting seven goals in 47 games in all competitions.
His impressive showings in Serie A led to interest from Los Blancos, as well as Liverpool and Man City, but Napoli remain adamant that the player is happy at Stadio San Paolo.
The Poland international recently penned a new contract in Italy which includes a €120 million release clause.