Netherlands international midfielder will join up the Blaugrana this summer having signed a five-year deal with Camp Nou outfit
Barcelona have announced the signing of midfielder Frenkie de Jong from Ajax for an initial fee of €75 million (£65m/$85m).
The highly-rated 21-year-old was also a target for both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, but the Catalan giants have now clinched the signing of their man.
De Jong will link up with his new club in July this year having signed a five-year contract, and the deal could include a further €11 million (£10m/$12m) in add-ons.
In the wake of Barcelona’s third signing of the Januray window, following the arrivals of Kevin Prince Boateng and Jeison Murillo, the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu tweeted: “With the arrival of Frenkie de Jong we add talent, youth and Barça style to our sporting project.
“We are convinced that he will be a key part of our team for years to come. Welcome, Frenkie!”
De Jong follows a number of former Ajax players to join the Liga club, with Johan Cruyff, Ronald Koeman, Patrick Kluivert, Frank de Boer and Luis Suarez among the most successful to have played for both sides.
The Netherlands international playmaker has scored three goals and bagged one assist in the Eredivisie this term, after picking up seven assists last season.
Although his preferred role is in midfield, he has featured at centre-back for Ajax in the past and is known for his versatility.