Midfielder Frenkie de Jong has failed to carve out a niche at FC Barcelona and rumours of a potential exit have been brewing for some time with multiple clubs interested in signing him.
Teams like Chelsea, Manchester City and PSG have all been linked with the 24-year-old and as per the latest reports, Bayern Munich are now trying to sign the midfielder during the ongoing transfer window.
De Jong joined Barca in 2019 but to date, he’s been living under the shadows of Busquets, which according to Ronald de Boer has hindered the ex-Ajax man’s progress.
“He is suffering now,” noted De Boer to El Pais. “In his first year, he played very well. [And] even last year he was at a good level.
“The continuous change of coaches could have affected him.
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“In addition to the fact that [Sergio] Busquets continues to be a starter in midfield. That is his best position. It is a role that he could play very well because he is capable of defending very well. He is fast, tall to win aerial duels, he covers a lot of space… Busquets is an incredible player but he needs a lot of protection.”
Will Frenkie de Jong secure an exit this month?
Barcelona’s financial woes are the talk of the town right now so there’s no player in the squad who is currently immune from the happenings of the transfer market.
Chelsea, PSG and Man City have been keeping tabs on the midfielder for some time but with Bayern Munich entering the race, all these sides could be promptly pushed to the backfoot.
Clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City cannot guarantee regular starts to De Jong right now and neither can they boast of helping him grow as a player.
Chelsea sell and buy players at the drop of a hat whereas Man City are only relevant until Guardiola is in charge. But at Bayern Munich, there’s a proper system and their style of play is very similar to what Frenkie de Jong was used at Ajax.
We don’t think Barcelona will be too inclined to sell someone like Frenkie de Jong this month(despite their financial troubles) and since Bayern Munich are not known to be heavy spenders, we don’t see this going through. So, for the time being, the likes of Chelsea, PSG and Man City can breathe easy but if this transfer saga was to reignite in the summer then Bayern will undoubtedly be the favourites.