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Real Madrid star tells club he wants to join Chelsea, Barcelona eye 'surprise' signing in January and more La Liga news – 10th December 2018

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Bayern Munich confirm interest in Barcelona target

Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has confirmed interest in Ajax star, Frenkie De Jong. The Dutch midfielder is the hottest property in world football right now and is a target for all the top European clubs.

Talking to reports on Saturday, Salihamidzic said, "He's a good player, no doubt about that. I already know him for a long time. He has developed very well, and plays great for both Netherlands and Ajax. We'll see if he goes to Paris."

Reports last week suggested that De Jong had already picked his next destination and was set for a move to Paris Saint-Germain. It came as a huge blow to Barcelona who have been scouting him for a long time.

The Catalan side were the first to show interest in his but were rebuffed by Ajax. They were not willing to let go of him and wanted him to stay for another season. The Dutch side even slapped a €75 million price tag on the midfielder to scare off the clubs interested in him but that has done no good.

However, De Jong's latest comments gave Barcelona fresh hopes of signing him. He said, "The only thing I can and will say is that there is still no agreement. No official decision has been taken and while there is no transfer, my main focus is on Ajax. I can't be worried about saying 'I'm going here or there'. That wouldn't show any respect on my part for Ajax or my team-mates," to De Telegraaf, the same paper that reported his rumoured agreement with PSG.

Barcelona, PSG and Bayern Munich are now set to lock horns for him and do all they can to secure his signature. Manchester City are also said to be interested in signing the Dutchman but have a huge uphill battle, especially with the reports of their alleged transfer ban surfacing last week.

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