According to the Sunday Mirror, Manchester City have won the race to sign Ajax midfielder, Frenkie De Jong
Man City to beat Tottenham and Barca to De Jong
The inform 21-year-old has attracted a lot of attention from several high profile clubs around Europe over the last year or so.
Barcelona were said to be interested in the central midfielder over the 2018 summer transfer window, however, he would remain an Ajax player.
Tottenham are also said to be interested in De Jong but according to the report from the Mirror, Man City’s offer of £61 million is enough to win the youngsters signature.
De Jong’s agent Ali Dursun was asked about the reported interest from Man City, to which he responded:
“I can neither confirm or deny this.
“You should ask Marc Overmars. I send all clubs that contact me over to him.”
City’s lack of depth at central midfield
If City do manage to sign De Jong, he will be a very welcome addition to their squad as they are seriously lacking in the centre mid department.
De Jong is naturally a central midfielder; however, he can also play centre-back.
The Dutchman has spent all of his short senior career with Ajax and has made 56 appearances for their first team.
In those 56 games, De Jong has scored four and assisted nine.
Currently, Man City only really have Fernandinho who can excel in the holding midfield role that is so vital to City’s game plan.
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The Brazilian has started in every single Premier League and Champions League game this season for Man City.
However, Fernandinho is now 33 and playing every single game in a season will surely be impossible for him.