Tottenham had €50 million offer for Barcelona target Frenkie de Jong rejected

Frenkie de Jong

Frenkie de Jong

However, they are believed to be still in talks with Ajax, as they grow anxious over interest in the 21-year old from other clubs, mainly from Tottenham Hotspur.

The midfielder, who can also play in defence, made his senior worldwide debut in the current global break, and didn't look out of place against the world champions during the Netherlands' 2-1 loss to France on Sunday night.

But was it really impossible for a big club like Barcelona to rope in the Dutch worldwide this summer?

As he continues to gain experience at the highest level, coupled with the technical quality that he boasts to seemingly be a ideal fit for the Barcelona style of play, there are plenty of reasons as to why De Jong could be seen as a legitimate long-term solution for the Barcelona midfield.

"They may return for Frenkie in January, but players will not leave in that period". Therefore, Barcelona could sign him in January and use him in the Champions League.

The 21-year old midfielder, who plies his trade for Eredivisie giants Ajax has emerged as a top transfer target for Barcelona. So, Overmars has made it clear that De Jong will not be allowed to join Barcelona in the middle of the season.

But Overmars said Barcelona might come with a big offer to get De Jong in their squad in the winter transfer window. "He is doing very well now, but we have often had Dutch players who first played very well then later became less".

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

De Jong's stock has continued to rise in the Netherlands, and he has won two caps for his country, and is closing in on a half-century of appearances for the capital club.

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