De Jong to Barca ‘depends on playoffs’

Barcelona are prepared to wait in their pursuit of Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong which reportedly could hinge on the Champions League playoffs.

The 21-year-old registered seven assists from 22 Eredivisie appearances last term and has been linked with a switch to the Camp Nou for several months.

A report in Diario Sport claims the Dutch side’s matches in the Champions League qualification playoffs are crucial in such a deal being processed or not this summer.

Ajax see the midfielder as valuable to their prospects and should they qualify for the group stages, would then be more willing to sanction a sale.

The Catalan giants are reportedly prepared to wait on such an outcome and are aware they may have to pay as much as €50m to secure their target.

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