News on the transfer to Barcelona: Frenkie De Jong to update the PSG by Julien Laurens | Football | Sport

The French football expert Julien Laurens says it, which revealed what he knows about the negotiations.

De Jong is one of the most sought-after midfielder in the world since he appeared on the scene with Ajax.

His impressive form with the Amsterdam club saw him become a regular in the Dutch team of Ronald Koeman who reached the final stage of the UEFA Nations League next summer, a huge result since they did not qualify for the World Cup.

The Parisians are ready to tiptoe with Barcelona and Manchester City to sign the 21-year-old.

According to Laurens, the leaders of Ligue 1 are confident that they are currently in pole position for the star.

"PSG is confident that Frenkie De Jong will be a PSG player next season," he told the GB Transfer Podcast.

"[Antero] Henrique, the sporting director of the PSG, went twice to Amsterdam last month to see Marc Overmars, the sports director of Ajax, responsible for the transfers.

"He also sat with his agent and De Jong's father.

"At that time it seemed that PSG was leading the race, there are many clubs interested in signing Frenkie De Jong, Manchester City and Barcelona.

"Now, the PSG is still confident, but it can be said that all the other clubs have intensified their efforts to convince Frenkie De Jong not to go to Paris but to go to their club."

Thomas Tuchel is willing to add a midfielder to his team this January, but he does not have the money to disembark De Jong until the summer.

Adrien Rabiot will leave the club with a free transfer at the end of his contract and is currently blocked by the first team.

"It's a big step forward at PSG to try and stay ahead of them, it can give them a verbal agreement, but things can always change very quickly.

"It would be fragile for them to have an agreement because between now and summer Barcelona can propose better offers, Manchester City and Guardiola can talk to the player," he added.

"I'm still confident that De Jong likes the PSG project, he knows he will get a lot of playing time that is not guaranteed in other European clubs.

"He thinks he can bring a lot to their team and it makes sense to both sides if De Jong arrives in Paris in the summer."