Barcelona are ready to pay Frenkie de Jong €16 million (£14m/$18m) a year in order to beat a host of rivals to the young Ajax midfielder’s signature, Goal understands.The 21-year-old is one of Europe’s most sought-after young players after impressing in the Ajax midfield since making his debut in 2016.De Jong’s profile increased still further when he broke into the Netherlands side earlier this campaign and it seems a big-money move is not far away. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Barcelona have long been linked with a move for the talented youngster but face competition from Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.Man City were previously thought to be leading the race after telling Ajax they were willing to pay €70m plus €20m in bonuses to sign De Jong.However, the Catalan club see De Jong as a key player for the future and are ready to offer bumper personal terms in order to edge ahead of the Premier League champions in the race to sign him.Barca are willing to offer De Jong a net salary of €10m per season, plus €6m more in relatively easy-to-achieve bonuses based on trophies and appearances.That would represent a break in their policy of offering young players such high wages but reflects how highly the club’s board rate De Jong and their determination to sign him.The offer is so good that even De Jong is said to be surprised at how much the Blaugranes are prepared to pay in order to take him to Catalonia.PSG and Man City remain in the hunt for De Jong but Goal understands that Barcelona are confident the midfielder and his agent are happy with their offer and that he would prefer a move to Camp Nou.Once they are confident of landing De Jong, Ernesto Valverde’s side are ready to open negotiations with Ajax and would have no issue paying in excess of the reported €70m transfer fee.De Jong admitted last week that he was growing tired of the speculation about his future and was eager to make a decision quickly and it seems his new club could be decided very soon.
Dear Editor,An announcement on Friday November 2nd , 2018 by the Regional Executive Officer (ag) , and former RDC chairman, Mr. Knights, of RDC # 7, that a contract was signed on the same day for one phase of the One -to- Four Mile stretch of the Bartica- Potaro Road valued at $8M to BK International is of interest.It is instructive that the contract is expected to last 10 days.First of all this is a mere election gimmick as this is basically a hurriedly done contract for patch work on a section of this road on the eve of the local government elections. One doesn’t know if this was publicly tendered. But one does know that the roads within the Bartica township are in a deplorable condition and nothing has been done by the government, the Regional Administration or the Town Council, despite the cries of the Barticians.In spite of a Parliamentary Opposition motion brought in July this year calling on the government to treat with urgency the abominable state of the interior roads especially Bartica to Lethem and Mahdia, the issue was treated with scorn by the Minister of Public Infrastructure and no or little work was done afterwards. Now at this last minute patch work will be done to try to pacify Barticians and bring them back home to the APNU. This is a case of too little too late.Most interesting is who got the contract, BK International, the same company who got a multi-billion settlement by the government in 2016 for the Haggs Bosche project for work that was not done.Now the township is buzzing that BK vehicles are being prepared to fetch people out from the quarries and the township to attend the APNU Rally on November 3rd in Bartica.As our national poet, Martin Carter wrote “the mouth is muzzled by the hand that feeds it”. So BK to the APNU rescue once again in election time ? Is this “pay back time” ????People aren’t fooled anymore.Sincerely,Gail Teixeira, M.P., Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAFC Berbice faction outraged over $120M untendered contracts to membersJuly 29, 2018In “latest news”Bartica gets asphalt plantAugust 15, 2016In “Business”Ramotar accuses Tiwarie of spreading lies -says problem started after he demanded contractual obligations be metJuly 4, 2016In “latest news”