Juventus are preparing a loan for Frenkie de Jong
Serie A giants Juventus are reportedly keen to sign Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona on loan this month.
According to a report by Calciomercato.it, Frenkie de Jong has emerged as a key target for Juventus following a loan spell in the current transfer window. But Barcelona will only agree to send the Dutchman to the Allianz Stadium on a temporary deal if the Serie A giants sign him on an 18-month deal with an obligation to buy him for around £50m. euros.
Frenkie de Jong has gone from strength to strength since joining Barcelona from Ajax in July 2019. The 24-year-old’s arrival unfortunately coincided with a crushing financial crisis which engulfed Barcelona, in turn affecting his performance on the field.
To date, the Dutch international has made 118 appearances for Barcelona while contributing with 10 goals and 14 assists in the process. But de Jong’s stay at Camp Nou could end soon as he could be the Blaugrana cash cow to get out of a difficult financial situation. This development has caught the eye of several European bigwigs, with Juventus being one of its potential suitors.
Juventus’ interest comes from the difficult situations Arthur, Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot find themselves in at the Allianz Stadium. The three midfielders have become surplus to the needs of the Bianconeri and could leave the Serie A club in one of two transfer windows this year.
Arthur has been heavily linked with Arsenal, while Aaron Ramsey could return to the Premier League. Very few clubs have been linked with Rabiot, but Juventus would prefer to offload him at the earliest opportunity as he earns considerable salaries. The trio’s departure would pave the way for Juventus to sign a central midfielder, bringing de Jong into the picture.
The Serie A giants are keen to sign the Barcelona midfielder on loan before the January transfer window closes. But Barcelona will only let de Jong join Juventus if they agree to set the term at 18 months while inserting a guaranteed buyout clause worth around €50m.
At the same time, Barcelona will also be looking to take advantage of Juventus’ interest in trying to secure a deal for Alvaro Morata down the line. Recent reports have claimed that the Catalan giants have cooled their interest in the Spain international, but with Juventus considering a move for de Jong, signing Morata could be on the cards.