Frenkie de Jong to Real Madrid: Real Madrid are looking to splash €80m on Ajax youngster in a bid to replace Luka Modric.
Luka Modric has been terrific for Real Madrid during his time at the Spanish capital. His prowess in the midfield, both for Real Madrid and Croatia, ended the dominance of Ronaldo and Messi in the end-of-the-season awards this year.
Modric bagged the player of the year award in both, UEFA and FIFA ceremonies this year. However, Real Madrid have seemingly realised that it is also the time to start looking for the successors to the Croatian star.
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Frenkie de Jong has headlined the transfer market throughout the summer. He was heavily rumoured to be joining FC Barcelona this summer, but the transfer didn’t take place. Barca are still reportedly interested in the youngster.
Real Madrid have also entered the race to sign the Ajax star, according to De Telegraaf.
According to Dutch daily De Telegraaf, Real Madrid are willing to pay € 80 million for Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong. Manchester United are also interested (supposedly United’s scouts have already visited Ajax games) pic.twitter.com/gn0dVL63r0
— Elko Born (@Elko_B) September 24, 2018
“I can neither confirm nor deny this. You have to ask Marc Overmars, because I send all the clubs that report to me [to him],” De Jong’s agent, Ali Durson told De Telegraaf on the speculations.
Real Madrid and Barcelona aren’t the only club eyeing the talented Ajax youngster. Premier League clubs, including Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are all in line to sign De Jong.
Real Madrid are interested and willing to pay €80 million for Frenkie de Jong (21) who is seen as a possible successor for Modrić. [De Telegraaf] pic.twitter.com/j3G701JtOc
— Spectating Madrid (@spectatemadrid) September 24, 2018
De Jong has represented the Netherlands youth side at U15, U18, U19 and U21 level. He currently plays for the U21 squad.
Frenkie de Jong vs. AEK Athens
⚪️ Minutes played: 94’
⚪️ Accurate passes: 72/73 (98.6%)
⚪️ Clearences: 2
⚪️ Interceptions: 2
⚪️ Dribble past: 1
⚪️ Duels won: 4/8
⚪️ Long balls accuracy: 3/3
⚪️ Overall rating: 7.0
Great performance from Frenkie playing as a CB! pic.twitter.com/87N16i9wDR
— de Jong Stats (@FrenkieStats) September 19, 2018
The Dutch starlet is a versatile footballer, and has played in the midfield, central defence, and has also efficiently performed as a pivot at his current club.