‘Do the business’ – Pundit urges Arsenal to sign ‘phenomenal’ Barca star

Lewis Oldham
Arsenal linked Frenkie De Jong

Kevin Campbell has urged Arsenal to “do the business” by bringing in Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, as he would “fit in effortlessly”.

The Dutchman has been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks. Liverpool are among the teams who are said to be interested in him.

The 24-year-old joined Barcelona in 2019. They paid an initial fee of around £63m to sign him from Ajax.


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De Jong has been an ever-present for Barcelona over the past couple of years. He has already played 114 times across all competitions.

Campbell has told Football insider that De Jong would be “brilliant beside Thomas Partey”:

“I would like De Jong, if you don’t mind. I would love to see him at Arsenal.

“I cannot see them moving him on because he has been phenomenal for them, he really has.

“He is the one player who really fit into Mikel Arteta’s squad. He would fit in effortlessly. I think he’d be brilliant beside Thomas Partey.

“Would they want to do that deal? Barca want another striker now [Sergio] Aguero has retired. There is room for Aubameyang.

“Listen, at the end of the day, if they want to do business and Aubameyang wants to go – do the business. Create some room on that wage bill.”

Earlier this week, John Barnes suggested that De Jong would be a “brilliant signing” for Man Utd:

“Frenkie de Jong would be a brilliant signing for Manchester United.

“It looks like Paul Pogba is on his way out of the club so bringing in a replacement for him is very important.

“Especially if that person is a young and talented player who will get the opportunity to be one of the main players at the club.

“He has everything in terms of passing range, intensity and a great attitude. It’s exactly what Manchester United need in midfield.

“That was their plan with Donny Van de Beek. But of course he’s been stifled by other players in his position playing better than him.

“However, bringing de Jong in and putting him straight into the side and being trusted would be good for both Manchester United and him.”