Frenkie de Jong to Arsenal transfer: Barcelona stance, Maitland-Niles domino effect, £81m fee

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We are now just days away from the January transfer window and Arsenal will be finalising their preparations ahead of any potential incoming and outgoings.

The Gunners are currently fourth in the Premier League table and Mikel Arteta’s side will hope that they can continue their fine form in the New Year as they push for a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League.

Technical director Edu may think that dipping into the transfer market makes sense considering the north Londoners could need some experienced pros to help push them ahead of the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur come May.

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One name that has previously been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium is Barcelona midfielder, Frenkie de Jong, with the Dutch international even admitting himself he admired the club.

Now, football.london has rounded up all the speculation regarding de Jong and Arsenal below.

Arsenal admission

De Jong himself has previously made it no secret of his admiration for the Gunners, claiming that he saw himself joining the north Londoners after sealing a move to Barcelona back in the summer of 2019.

“I actually thought Arsenal was pretty beautiful in the past,” he told Voetbal International, as per Sky Sports. “In my mind, I have had the following list for a long time: Ajax-Arsenal-Barcelona, call it the Marc Overmars route.

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“But yes, if you can go directly to Barcelona, then you are also right where you want to be. Faster than you ever dared to dream.”



Frenkie de Jong had admitted of his admiration for Arsenal in the past. (Photo by Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Frenkie de Jong had admitted of his admiration for Arsenal in the past. (Photo by Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Barcelona stance

Back in November, the Spanish outlet El Chiringuito reported that the Catalan club are open to selling de Jong if the price is right, with new head coach Xavi reportedly keen to raise funds given the Blaugrana’s difficult financial situation.

However, the 24-year-old has established himself as one of Europe’s most consistent midfielders in recent years and would likely cost a fortune, with Transfermarkt valuing him at £81million.

Campbell’s verdict

Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has urged his old club to target the former Ajax star, claiming that de Jong would be the perfect partner for Thomas Partey in the heart of Arteta’s midfield.

“I would like De Jong if you don’t mind. I would love to see him at Arsenal,” Campbell told Football Insider when asked about a potential swap deal involving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a Barcelona player.

“I cannot see them moving him on because he has been phenomenal for them, he really has. He is the one player who really fit into Mikel Arteta’s squad. He would fit in effortlessly. I think he’d be brilliant beside Thomas Partey.

“Would they want to do that deal? Barca want another striker now [Sergio] Aguero has retired. There is room for Aubameyang.

“Listen, at the end of the day, if they want to do business and Aubameyang wants to go – do the business. Create some room on that wage bill.”

Maitland-Niles domino effect

Roma are in advanced talks with Arsenal over signing Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan, football.london understands.

Giallorossi manager Jose Mourinho is an admirer of Maitland-Niles and football.london understands the England international has already spoken with Tammy Abraham who joined the Serie A outfit from Chelsea over the summer.

A loan fee and terms of the deal still need to be agreed upon before a deal can be sanctioned but the Hale End graduate is thought to be extremely keen to leave the Emirates considering his limited game time this season.

Maitland-Niles leaving the north Londoners would leave Arteta with just two recognised central midfielders for the New Year considering both Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny will be at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The Spanish coach will have just Albert Sambi Lokonga and Granit Xhaka in the middle of the park, meaning a move for another midfielder in January makes sense.

Perhaps an audacious move for the aforementioned de Jong could be the perfect solution for the Gunners.

Source by Football London

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