It’s day 23 of a busy transfer window which has already seen a number of done transfer deals. iDONSABI brings you transfer stories linking De Jong to Barcelona and an already completed transfer of Nigerian John Mikel Obi to Middlesbrough.
Frenkie De Jong EnRoute To Barcelona?
Frenkie de Jong has been snapped up by Barcelona in a bid to bolster their midfield options – with PSG and Man City having being the frontrunners for the signing of the youngster before the start of the January transfer window.
Two seasons have seen Barcelona introduce players such as Alena, Arthur Melo and Arturo vidal into their midfield setup and they would be looking to add some more.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona President, Josep Maria Bartomeu; general manager, Pep Segura; Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes traveled to Amsterdam, Netherlands, in order to initiate discussion with the Dutch midfielder and convince him of a move to Camp Nou.
According to the report, Bartomeu convinced the 21-yr-old on why he should favour a move to CampNou over one to the Etihad or Parc des Princes.
Although, a deal seems likely, the Catalans are yet to announce any progress because of their wariness of the possibility of a last minute snub by the youngster just like the case of Antoine Griezmann last summer
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What the deal could mean?
Barcelona are currently in search for a long-term replacement for Ivan Rakitic and Frenkie de Jong might just fit into those shoes properly.
Middlesbrough To Announce Signing of John Mikel Obi
Middlesbrough are reported to have agreed personal terms with John Mikel Obi after the Nigerian midfielder passed his medicals.
The 31-yr-old is a free agent from Chinese outfit, Tianjin Teda and would adorn Boro’s shirt till the end of the season. The Nigerian who spent 11 years at Chelsea will be looking to reunite with his girlfriend, Olga Diyachenko in their home in England