Manchester City want to sign Frenkie de Jong from Ajax next summer and have identified him as the number one target for a position in need of new blood, Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail reports.
Reports have intensified in recent weeks that City are after the 21-year-old Dutch international, who is viewed as one of Europe’s hottest prospects, and the Premier League side can expect competition for the player’s signature.
Barcelona are just one of the clubs keen on De Jong, who Ajax are expected to demand up to £70 million for, well aware of the interest in a player of his quality and potential.
City are not expected to buy a midfielder in January, despite the strong reliance on 33-year-old Fernandinho in the midfield anchor role. It is reported that Pep Guardiola could revise his position on this if his squad is struck by any more injuries before then, though.
With such demand for De Jong, City are also looking at other candidates, with Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves one of those on Guardiola’s radar.
City are also credited with an interest in De Jong’s Ajax teammate, defender Matthijs de Ligt, another player also wanted by Barcelona.
Speaking to FOX Sports in Holland, De Jong admitted it ‘would be nice’ if he and De Ligt went to the same club, although anyone looking for a double deal may have to pay as much as £150 million for the two Dutch sensations.