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From Spain: Manchester City and PSG lead Barcelona and Manchester United in race for Dutch star

Manchester City are in pole position with Paris Saint-Germain to sign the rising star of Dutch football, Frenkie de Jong, from Ajax, according to Spanish journalist Oriol Domènech speaking on Catalunya Ràdio.

While PSG were ranked first on the list, Domènech told Club de la Mitjanit there is nothing between them and City, with the two clubs best positioned and most interested in signing De Jong, with Barcelona, who have been tipped to sign the 21-year-old, in third.

Manchester United also want the Dutch international, with Real Madrid and Tottenham other clubs with an interest in signing him.

It was recently claimed in England that City had a €50 million bid for De Jong rejected in the summer, while a story from the player’s homeland says Madrid are preparing an €80 million offer for a player they view as Luka Modric’s natural successor.

However, the newest report in what is likely to be a new transfer saga is that wealthy PSG and Manchester City are ahead of the pack to sign Frenkie, a player blessed with excellent passing ability, and who can play both in defence or in the ‘No. 6’ midfield role City need a successor for Fernandinho in.

De Jong has alternated between defence and midfield this season for Ajax and has a stunning 95.8% pass accuracy in the Eredivisie and Champions League. In Ajax’s only Champions League game to date, a 3-0 win over AEK Athens, De Jong completed an incredible 98.7% of his 75 passes.

The youngster’s form is the reason Europe’s elite are on his trail, and the news from Catalonia at least is that Manchester City are in with a great chance of signing him, but PSG, Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid will undoubtedly present tough competition.

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