Barcelona ace Frenkie de Jong has shown just how good he would be for Manchester United or Chelsea after being branded world class by a fan who saw him turn defense into attack in the pre-season thrashing of his team against Mexican team Pumas UNAM on Sunday. The midfielder scored the game’s last goal as Barca lost 6-0.
After the match, a clip emerged on Twitter showing De Jong receiving the ball from Jordi Alba just outside his own penalty area at the start of the second half, minutes after he was introduced as a substitute. He spun his marker before moving forward and past another opponent.
After crossing the halfway line, the 25-year-old sent a tantalizing ball past Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with the outside of his right foot. And Barca should have completed the move as Aubameyang’s cross narrowly escaped two team-mates as they tried to get away.
De Jong’s pulchritudinous play left fans gushing, with @SaraFCBi taking for Twitter to reveal exactly what she thought of the talented midfielder. “Frenkie de Jong is world class,” she wrote. “That’s the tweet.”
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She then posted a follow-up message. “I will ALWAYS maintain my opinion of him that he is world class, and I will support him wherever he ends up,” she wrote. “I really hope he cuts his salary so he can stay, Inshaa’Allah.”
And other fans agreed. “That’s why I can’t just be like ‘Frenkie out’ because the man has talent and he’s got this fight in him to earn a place on this star-studded team,” @fcbboyforlife replied. And @gyae_g wrote: “The best midfielder in the world.” Meanwhile, @yungfuturekidd added, “It gives me Iniesta vibes.”
De Jong joined Barcelona from Ajax three years ago and has held a regular starting spot under a succession of managers. But the Catalan giants seem determined to move him this summer as they seek to raise valuable funds. Barca have already spent around £140million on Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde and Raphinha ahead of the new campaign and are under pressure to bring in the cash in a bid to balance the books.
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United emerged as favorites to land De Jong at the start of the summer and reportedly agreed a £71million fee with Barca to sign him. But the transfer stalled when Chelsea entered the fray.
Chelsea have reportedly submitted a £70million bid for the ace in recent days and given Barcelona Marcos Alonso in partial exchange for him. De Jong could therefore have a big decision to make if he is eventually kicked out of the Nou Camp.