Barcelona Overtake PSG And Look Set To Sign Frenkie De Jong
Barcelona look set to win the race to sign Ajax youngster Frenkie de Jong with reports saying they're willing to pay more than PSG to overtake the French side in the race for the player.
We all love a swerve, like the ending of Sixth Sense that is still somehow a cultural milestone 20 years after the film was released or Stone Cold Steve Austin teaming with Vince McMahon at Wrestlemania 17.
Equally transfer swerves can be just as exciting. Spurs thinking they'd signed Willian, with the player having had a medical, only for him to sign for Chelsea. Jose Mourinho seemed take powers from McMahon's 'Bret screwed Bret' from 1997 when he claimed, "That's the danger of medicals before contracts but, at the same time, if the contract and the medical after sometimes you can have a problem before signing a player so you have to do the medical before."
Eden Hazard also pulled off his own kind of transfer swerve when he moved to Chelsea, keeping everyone in suspense as to where he'd sign before eventually revealing it would be for the European champions.
Now Barcelona look to pull off their own 'steal.' According to Dutch paper De Telegraaf, the Catalan giants are set to beat PSG to the signing of Frenkie de Jong.
According to the paper they'll be the Ligue 1 champions to the title as they have offered €90 million for the 21 year old midfielder, with PSG only willing to pay €75 million.
Juventus and Manchester City were also recently linked with the player who is considered one of the best youngsters in the world but wouldn't pay the large amount being asked by Ajax.
Spanish paper SPORT report that the Dutch international is set to earn €10 million a year on his new deal, with a further €6 million a year available through performance bonuses.
The transfer is a huge outlay for a young player and according to Football365 will beat the record for the most expensive 21 year old, beating Barca's move for Neymar.
Barca have pulled off a great coup beating PSG, but at least the French club weren't preparing the medical just yet.