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Barcelona seals capture of Frenkie De Jong for $85M

Ajax v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - MAY 24: Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United and Frenkie de Jong of Ajax battle for possession during the UEFA Europa League Final between Ajax and Manchester United at Friends Arena on May 24, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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FC Barcelona has announced the capture of Ajax wonder boy Frenkie de Jong, with the midfielder set to join the club on July 1.

The transfer fee will be a minimum of $85 million, and could rise to $98m.

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De Jong, 21, is an integral part of Ajax’s center midfield, a defensive force with offensive upside. He’s posted four goals and an assist this season, and registered eight assists last season.

A reported target of Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, and seemingly anyone with eyes, De Jong will join Barcelona on a contract that runs through the 2024-25 season.

He’s also lined up at center back, as well as slightly more advanced midfield positions, and was a critical part of the Netherlands winning its UEFA Nations League group over France and Germany.

He’s pretty good:

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