Manchester City face intense competition in the battle to sign Frenkie de Jong, the Ajax sensation who has become one of European football’s hottest properties.
As reported on Sunday, City are looking at another attempt to sign the 21-year-old in January, after reportedly having a £50 million bid knocked back by Ajax in the summer.
And according to tier 1 Dutch source De Telegraaf, SEVEN teams are in for De Jong, who can play as a centre-back or holding midfielder, and has been tipped to join Barcelona as Sergio Busquets’ successor.
Barcelona and Manchester City are two of the seven clubs, with the others being Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham.
Real Madrid are serious about beating their La Liga rivals to the Dutch sensation and are willing to hand over an €80 million (£71.8 million) fee for a player they view as Luka Modric’s perfect replacement in the near future.
Ajax director Marc Overmars is delighted at the battle that is breaking out between Europe’s elite for De Jong, which will allow the Eredivisie club to extract a huge fee for their most valuable asset.
Manchester City are in increased need of a new player for the No. 6 role after missing out on Jorginho to Chelsea, with 33-year-old Fernandinho the only natural holding midfielder at the club. City are known to walk away from deals when prices escalate, and it remains to be seen if they would be willing to pay in the region of €80 million for De Jong.
Other names mentioned to reinforce the midfield are Thiago Alcântara (Bayern Munich), Adrien Rabiot (PSG) and Ruben Neves (Wolves), the latter of whom would be even costlier in January after Wolves slapped an astonishing £110 million price tag on his head.