Barcelona new boy Frenkie De Jong has revealed he always expected to sign for Arsenal when the day came for him to leave Ajax.
And the player has admitted the career path of Ajax’s sporting director Marc Overmars – which went from Ajax to Barcelona but via a stint at Arsenal – was always one he expected to follow according to TeamTalk.
“In my mind I have had the following list for a long time: Ajax-Arsenal-Barcelona, call it the Marc Overmars route,” De Jong told Voetbal International. “But then again, if you can go directly to Barcelona, then you are right where you want to be. Faster than you ever dared to dream.”
Arsenal remain in the hunt to sign a new midfielder this summer and their hopes of landing him were given a lift on Wednesday when the transfer-listed Southampton star admitted he hoped to stay in the Premier League this summer.
Speaking to France Football, Lemina said: “Certainly it is an exceptionally interesting league. The best thing for me would be to stay here, but I don’t close the dooron any club, or any country. I aspire to play in the very biggest clubs, now we will see what is offered to me.
“I made the decision to leave Juventus for Southampton in search of more playing time, and I got it. I made a good impression in England, I received good feedback at a certain point, so I hope that clubs won’t have a short memory.
“I am not scared, I made a decision and I take full responsibility for it. I decided to tell the club representatives that I wanted to leave, there is no turning back.”