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Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars has revealed the Dutch club rejected two offers from Barcelona for reported Tottenham target Frenkie de Jong over the summer.

Spurs have been heavily linked with a January move for De Jong in recent days, but Overmars claims Ajax won’t even consider allowing the midfielder to leave midway through the Eredivisie season.

Earlier this week, reports in Spain claimed Tottenham have already had a £45 million bid for De Jong turned down by Ajax. And now, Overmars has been speaking about Barcelona’s interest in the 21-year-old.

“Barcelona did not value De Jong,” Overmars said (via Mundo Deportivo), suggesting the La Liga giants didn’t meet Ajax’s valuation.

He added: “Barcelona can return for Frenkie in January, but our players will not leave during that period.”

De Jong has emerged as one of the most promising young players in Holland after breaking into Ajax’s first team over the last couple of years.

Spurs are likely to be keen on recruiting a new central midfielder with Mousa Dembele having entered the final 12 months of his contract.

A possible move to China has been mooted for Dembele, and if that happens in January Tottenham will desperately need a replacement – but it seems unlikely De Jong will be the answer given Ajax’s stance on the player.

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