Man City & PSG ‘press hard’ for midfielder, Barcelona want him to replace Busquets – report

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are ‘pressing hard’ to sign Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, but face serious competition from Barcelona, Mundo Deportivo reports.

The 21-year-old has impressed for both club and country with his excellent performances, alerting the giants of European football, and reports from England suggest he has become Pep Guardiola’s number one priority for the ‘No. 6’ role, which has become over-reliant on 33-year-old Fernandinho.

City and PSG ‘have moved’ to sign De Jong, MD reports, and Ajax are expected to demand at least €70 million (£62.3 million) for one of their prized assets. Barcelona believe they have an advantage though, and that is the will of the player, who told Tottenham in the summer that he preferred a move to Barça when they made an approach for him.

De Jong is under serious consideration by City, but should they fail to sign him, Ruben Neves of Wolves and Lyon’s French international Tanguy Ndombele are viewed as alternative solutions for a position that needs strengthening.

Guardiola wanted a midfielder last summer and City seemed a step away from recruiting Jorginho from Napoli before Chelsea made a late play and successfully reunited the Italy international with Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.

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