Barcelona hold 'secret talks' with Messi's replacement, 3 Real Madrid stars want to leave and more La Liga news: 24 January 2019
The winter transfer window is set to shut in a week and the Spanish clubs are all very active in the market right now. All the big clubs are looking to get that extra boost to secure the titles and top 4 places while the sides in the bottom half of the table are doing all they can to secure their place in next season's LaLiga.
Here are the top news and rumours related to the Spanish clubs today:
De Jong confirms he rejected PSG and Manchester City
Barcelona surprised their fans last night by announcing the deal for Frenkie De Jong. The Dutch midfielder will be joining from Ajax in the summer but the Catalan side decided to announce the deal yesterday itself to keep PSG and Manchester City away from the 21-year-old.
De Jong was a target for the two European giants as well and he confirmed that he rejected them to join Barcelona. “I am happy, proud and also somewhat relieved it is now completed. I had spoken to PSG but I spoke to Maxwell and my agent told them that I would not be moving, I had also spoken to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City,” De Jong told NOS (via Goal).
“I am very happy and proud that both those clubs wanted to sign me and others too, but Barcelona have wanted me for a long time and I know they have a financial situation where they cannot spend a lot of money,” added the midfielder.
Continuing to talk about his move, the Dutchman said, “They have always been my dream club, they have always been serious about signing me and I always watched them when I was younger, which turned me into a fan. I’m not going as a tourist, and I do not want to say that I will be benching star players but I have a chance of getting minutes in a playing style that fits me.”
“The transfer fee will not impact me, I will just do my own thing.”