After months of speculation Barcelona announced on Wednesday that they have finally got their man.
Frenkie de Jong will arrive at the Camp Nou in the summer on a five-year deal for an initial €75 million.
It’s a massive fee for a youngster who’s only played 65 games for Ajax, but the stats highlight exactly why Barca were so keen to snap up the Dutch star.
9.7 - Frenkie de Jong has lost possession with only 9.7% of his touches in the Eredivisie since his debut, a lower percentage than any other player (min. 500 touches) in that period. Flawless. pic.twitter.com/PLJVXSi7ZR— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) January 23, 2019
#SquawkaScout: Frenkie de Jong ️♂️— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 16, 2019
• 91.8% take-on success rate
• 91.6% pass accuracy
One of the best to watch in the Eredivisie. pic.twitter.com/ZgxQAIrYkC
Frenkie de Jong: Of the 177 players to have attempted more than 25 dribbles, De Jong has a better dribble success rate (86.2%) than any other player since the start of the 2017/18 Eredivisie season— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 23, 2019
For more player stats -- https://t.co/bxHlmKwlDq pic.twitter.com/oKAb8mNGRX
Frenkie de Jong, Ajax 18-19.— Ted Knutson (@mixedknuts) January 23, 2019
Barcelona purchased one hell of a player. That price is eyewatering for a player from the Eredivisie, but given how many super clubs wanted him, it's not a huge surprise. pic.twitter.com/KRaXoWiOmf
85% - Since his Eredivisie debut for @AFCAjax in Feb 2017, Frenkie de Jong has the best dribble success rate of all players in the Eredivisie with 50+ attempts. Outgrown. pic.twitter.com/2WmUmxGsja— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) January 23, 2019