Ajax director of football and former Arsenal legend Marc Overmars has warned La Liga giants Barcelona that a number of his players, including promising young player Frenkie de Jong, are not for sale under any circumstances.
The Catalan giants are reportedly interested in signing the youngster, who managed seven assists in 22 Eredivisie appearances last season, but have so far been unable to make any progress in signing the 21-year-old.
Overmars, who excelled for both Arsenal and Barcelona during his playing career, is adamant that de Jong, as reported by
“Frenkie De Jong, Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt are not for sale as far as we are concerned.
“Not for sale. And that is what I have communicated to all parties.” Overmars is quoted as saying.
The Dutch giants have become accustomed to major European clubs tracking their younger stars, with Tottenham trio Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld all having graduated from their ever impressive academy in recent years.
The Eredivisie team have been a dominating force in Dutch football for some time, however they haven’t won the league since 2014, finishing 2nd for the last four seasons.
Their attempts to reclaim the Eredivisie crown have been boosted with the signing of Daley Blind from Manchester United, in a deal worth a reported €16m,