Serie A giants Juventus are reportedly keen on signing Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona on a loan deal this month.

According to a report by Calciomercato.it, Frenkie de Jong has become a key target for Juventus over a loan move in the ongoing transfer window. But Barcelona will only agree to send the Dutchman to the Allianz Stadium on a temporary deal if the Serie A giants sign him on an 18-month agreement with the obligation to buy him for around €50 million.

Frenkie de Jong has gone from strength to strength since joining Barcelona from Ajax in July 2019. The 24-year-old’s arrival has unfortunately coincided with a crushing financial crisis that has engulfed Barcelona, affecting their performances on the pitch in turn.

To date, the Dutch international has made 118 appearances for Barcelona while chipping in with 10 goals and 14 assists in the process. But de Jong’s spell at Camp Nou could end soon as he might be the Blaugrana’s cash cow to get out of a difficult financial situation. This development has caught the attention of several European bigwigs, with Juventus one of his prospective suitors.

The interest from Juventus stems from the difficult situations that Arthur, Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot find themselves in at the Allianz Stadium. The three midfielders have become surplus to requirements for the Bianconeri and could leave the Serie A club in one of the two transfer windows this year.

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Arthur has been heavily linked with Arsenal, while Aaron Ramsey could return to the Premier League. Very few clubs have been linked with Rabiot, but Juventus would prefer offloading him at the earliest opportunity as he earns considerable wages. The trio’s departure would open up room for Juventus to sign a central midfielder, bringing de Jong into the picture.

The Serie A giants are keen on signing the Barcelona midfielder on loan before the January transfer window shuts down. But Barcelona will only let de Jong join Juventus if they agree to set the duration at 18 months while also inserting a clause for guaranteed redemption worth around €50 million.

At the same time, Barcelona will also look to take advantage of Juventus’s interest by trying to get a deal for Alvaro Morata over the line. Recent reports have claimed that the Catalan giants cooled their interest in the Spanish international, but with Juventus eyeing a move for de Jong, signing Morata could be on the cards.

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