Manchester City are prepared to break their club record again after telling Ajax that they are willing to pay over €70 million for midfielder Frenkie de Jong, Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo has reported.
The 21-year-old has been linked with City more and more in recent days with speculation growing that the Premier League side may now be ahead of Barcelona in the race for one of Europe’s hottest properties.
In their Monday edition, Mundo Deportivo explains how Barcelona had a €25-30 million offer rejected by Ajax for De Jong and Tottenham also had a bid of €50 million turned away.
But both Man City and Paris Saint-Germain are willing to go even further in the bidding war by offering ‘in excess of’ €70 million which would mean a new club record for City, breaking the one set by the Riyad Mahrez signing.
It’s further reported that City will rival Barcelona in addition to Manchester United, Juventus and Bayern Munich for Ajax’s other crown jewel, Matthijs de Ligt, and he will also command a massive fee of more than €75 million.
Although City are well stocked on central defenders, De Ligt is viewed as a perfect successor to club captain Vincent Kompany.