Barcelona have reportedly made an improved offer for Frenkie de Jong in a late attempt to persuade him to join them
The 21-year-old midfielder’s impressive performances at Dutch giants Ajax have earned plenty of admirers with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City all keen to sign him.
Now Catalunya Ràdio y Esport3 reports that Barcelona have sent an improved offer to De Jong in light of recent talk that PSG had become the favourites to land his signature.
The reports adds that De Jong could make a final decision over his future as early as this week after confessing this month that he wants his future resolved “pretty quickly”.
“I’m not going to make a hasty decision, but I’d like to be clear about it myself pretty quickly,” said De Jong after winning the Eredivisie’s Player of the Month award for December.
“I do not know if I’ll make it known to the public.”
Although the Netherlands international has already announced that he will not leave Ajax this month, despite the uncertainty over his future.
Since debuting for Ajax in 2016, De Jong’s passing and ball-carrying skills have earned plenty of suitors and a call-up to the Netherlands squad.
The young star came through the ranks at Dutch side Willem II before leaving for Ajax in 2015, where he has since amassed a total of six goals and 10 assists in 65 appearances.
De Jong also played a vital role in their passage to the 2016/17 Europa League final, which they lost 2-0 to Manchester United in Stockholm after goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Erik ten Hag’s, who were involved in a thrilling 4-4 home draw with Heerenveen last Sunday, currently sit second in the Eredivisie and two points adrift of leaders PSV Eindhoven.
Meanwhile, De Jong has managed four goals and one assist in 28 appearances across all competitions this season for Ajax.