Apparently, the Dutch wonderkid told Pol Llonch, a Willem II midfielder and one of his closest friends back home, that he’s interested in completing a summer move to Barcelona at the end of the season.
The center-back has been heavily pursuit by the Blaugrana since completing a move for Frenkie de Jong earlier in the season, with Josep Bartomeu even allegedly traveling to the Netherlands to discuss his potential price tag.
He’s been one of the most impressive and promising young players in Europe since the start of the season, excelling in the UEFA Champions League against Real Madrid and Juventus.
He’s made 46 appearances for his hometown team this season in one of the most impressive campaigns Ajax has gone through in ages.
That’s why the 19-year-old has clearly earned the right to be flying under the best team’s in the world’s radar, and, according to Llonch, he’s eager to make a move to Camp Nou to join his friend Frenkie de Jong, who signed a pre-contract with the Catalans several weeks ago.
“I asked him directly if he would end up signing for Barca and he told me that he hoped so. But also that he didn’t know anything at the moment. He said: ‘I hope so.’ I didn’t speak with De Jong. To be the captain of Ajax at just 19 makes him a different player (to most) and I also think he could adapt well at Barca. It’s true he might need to improve when it comes to playing out from the back to truly excel at Barca but I think he’ll pick that up really quickly,” Llonch told Spanish outlet Diario Sport.