Barcelona get their boy as Ajax star Frenkie de Jong joins Nou Camp club

De Jong was one of the most sought after young players in world football. (AFP)
Updated 23 January 2019
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Barcelona get their boy as Ajax star Frenkie de Jong joins Nou Camp club

  • Catalan club shell out €75 million for highly-rated Ajax midfielder.
  • De Jong to join Barca in the summer.

AMSTERDAM: Barcelona have won the race to sign highly-rated Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, the Spanish club have announced.
The 21-year-old will join Barca this summer for €75 million ($85 million), with a further €11 million due to Ajax in additional payments.
De Jong, who is considered one of the most exciting young players in Europe, will begin a five-year contract with his new club.
“Barcelona and Ajax have reached an agreement for the transfer of midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who will be joining the Catalan club from July 1, 2019,” a Barcelona statement read.
“The cost of the transfer is €75 million, plus a further 11 million in variables. The player will be signing a contract for the next five seasons, through to 2023/24.”
De Jong had attracted interest from a host of European clubs, with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City reportedly among those keen.
After coming through the ranks at Willem II in the Netherlands, De Jong signed for Ajax in 2015. He has been a first-team regular for the past two seasons.
“He’s a great player, who certainly has a great future,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.
De Jong will also follow a prestigious line of Dutch players to represent Barcelona, which includes Johan Cruyff, Ronald Koeman, Patrick Kluivert and Frank de Boer.
He will be given an early taste of Spanish football when Ajax face Real Madrid next month in the last 16 of the Champions League.


Indonesia makes 2032 Olympics bid official

Updated 19 February 2019
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Indonesia makes 2032 Olympics bid official

  • President Joko Widodo’s announcement to participate in bidding to host the 2032 Olympics came as a surprise
  • Indonesia hosted the 18th Asian Games from August to September in 2018

JAKARTA: The deputy chairman of Indonesia’s Olympic committee says the country has officially joined bidding to host the 2032 Olympics following its success staging the Asian Games last year.
Muddai Madang on Tuesday said letters from President Joko Widodo and the national Olympic committee were delivered to the International Olympic Committee’s president in Lausanne last week by Indonesia’s ambassador to Switzerland.
Widodo made a surprise announcement of plans to bid for the 2032 games after Jakarta and Palembang co-hosted the 18th Asian Games in August, and the process has gathered momentum. The Olympics have never been held in Southeast Asia.
India is planning to bid for the 2032 games and North and South Korea have confirmed an intention to launch a joint bid, while there have been expressions of interest from Australia and Russia.