Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf went with big claims on Friday over Frenkie de Jong moving to PSG in the summer transfer window.
It was claimed a €75m deal had been agreed and the move is ‘almost certain’. The Dutch newspaper have very good connections to Ajax and certainly presented the transfer as pretty much done, which is what they’ll have been encouraged to do.
It took the front page of the main newspaper, the front page of the sport section with a headline saying ‘Frenkie Goes to Paris’, and then a further double page spread.
A €75m transfer would easily break the Eredivisie side’s transfer record.
It was explained that Pep Guardiola recently held an hour long meeting with the player, and it seemed like he’d convinced him. Then Manchester City were ‘suddenly unwilling’ to pay up, with De Telegraaf saying it may have something to do with FFP pressures.
Due to that, PSG had filled the ‘space’ vacated by City, and pushed on with a deal.
But now the player’s agent has spoken, and looked to calm things a little.
NOS, another leading media house in the Netherlands, go with a headline saying: Agent Frenkie de Jong: ‘No deal with PSG yet’
Ali Durson denied a transfer is fixed, and added: “Frenkie is guaranteed to stay with Ajax until the summer and I cannot say anything about it.”
Now, this will either be because there’s no deal agreed, and De Telegraaf have been encouraged (perhaps by Ajax) to jump the gun. That would give hope to Manchester City. Or, the agent simply may not want to confirm a summer exit, given that window is so far away.