Manchester City could have to part with one of their first team squad players if they are to successfully sign Frenkie de Jong from Ajax, according to The Sun.
De Jong is emerging as the top candidate for City’s midfielder with Pep Guardiola still looking to sign a deep lying central midfielder after missing out on Jorginho to Chelsea in the summer.
And whilst the likes of Ruben Neves and Tanguy Ndombele are being linked, it is Dutch international De Jong who is dominating the newspaper columns at the moment with further reports surfacing that Txiki Begiristain is beginning moves to fend off Barcelona, Manchester United, PSG and other European super-giants for the 21-year-old.
However, in a new report by The Sun, it is claimed that Ajax would be more interested in a deal if City were willing to offer Ilkay Gundogan in return. The German is an important member of Guardiola’s squad though by no means a regular starter when everyone is fit.
Paying Gundogan’s salary could be an issue for Ajax as could convincing the player to move to Holland, but Ajax like the idea of him being a makeweight in a deal for £80 million rated De Jong.