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From Italy: Manchester City have ‘made contacts’ in recent hours for midfielder

Manchester City have made new contacts with Ajax in recent hours to discuss a deal for midfielder Frenkie de Jong, Italian source TMW has reported.

It comes a day after a story in England that City are seriously challenging Barcelona for the 21-year-old Dutch international who has been on the radar of both clubs in since last year.

Offering little in the way of detail, TMW states that City have identified De Jong as an ideal midfielder for a role in need of new blood and describe the deal as a ‘work in progress’.

Barcelona are thought to be concerned at City’s financial power seeing them off in the De Jong battle with sources from Catalonia believing their former sporting director Txiki Begiristain has moved City ahead of Barca in the transfer battle.

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