Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars has issued a hands off warning for coveted Frenkie de Jong and ruled out the midfielder or any other players from the Amsterdam club leaving during the January transfer window.
Manchester City, Tottenham and Real Madrid have also been credited with an interest in the De Jong, who made his global debut last week, and a new round of bidding is expected in January.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wants to raid AC Milan by signing Italian defenders Alessio Romagnoli and Mattia Caldara in January.
As he continues to gain experience at the highest level, coupled with the technical quality that he boasts to seemingly be a ideal fit for the Barcelona style of play, there are plenty of reasons as to why De Jong could be seen as a legitimate long-term solution for the Barcelona midfield. After returning to the Champions League group stage this season, the former European champions are determined to retain their squad as they try to reach the knockout phase.
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De Jong has been linked with Tottenham and Barcelona, but Wijnaldum has urged him not to rush things.
He has two Netherlands caps to his name, debuting as a second-half substitute during the 2 - 1 win over Peru last week, before starting in Sunday's 2 - 1 defeat to world champions France in Paris.
'Maybe someday I'll join Barcelona, but not this season.
De Jong is under contract at Ajax until 2022, so any bid would have to be astronomical to be accepted.