On November 1st, we relayed news from Spain that Barcelona believe Manchester City have made an offer to Ajax for Frenkie de Jong.
A day later, Sport reported the Dutch club could benefit from the Premier League winners’ ‘great economic offer’ and the Pep Guardiola factor could be persuasive for the 21-year-old to join them.
Saturday’s edition of Mundo Deportivo has a story about the English club’s interest in the Eredivisie star, whose preferred position is in the midfield, but he can also operate as a defender.
It’s claimed that City have joined Paris Saint-Germain and the Catalan club in the race for the Netherlands international. The Etihad outfit and Thomas Tuchel’s side are pressing hard for the player and are moving ‘especially to sign’ him.
The Dutchman’s contract at Johan Cruijff Arena runs down in 2022 and the report mentions that Ajax will consider the sale of their prized asset for not less than €70m.
The price tag mentioned by Mundo should not be an issue for City, if they are keen to beat competition from other clubs.
With De Jong’s form for club and country, his stock will only rise and the competition for his signature could increase, if he continues to impress with his display until the end of the season.