Manchester City could loan Ajax sensation Frenkie de Jong straight back to the Dutch giants in January if it means securing him in the January transfer window, the Daily Star Sunday reports.
21-year-old midfielder De Jong, one of Europe’s hottest properties, has emerged as Pep Guardiola’s number one target for the midfield ahead of Ruben Neves and Tanguy Ndombele according to the press, but the Blues potentially face competition from the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
De Jong has publicly declared his wish to stay at Ajax until the end of the season, so City could be willing to sign him in January and send him back to Amsterdam for the second half of the season, OR agree a deal in principle then make it official in the summer.
According to the Star, City may have to smash their transfer record – currently Riyad Mahrez at £60 million – to land De Jong, with Ajax rating their crown jewel at £70 million.
City are considered favourites to sign De Jong despite the feeling previously being that he’d end up at Barcelona, with Guardiola desperate to sign a long-term successor to Fernandinho, 33, after missing out on Jorginho to Chelsea in the summer.
The Premier League champions are linked with another of Ajax’s rising stars, centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, and De Jong recently admitted that it “would be nice” if the two moved to the same club in future.