The number of stories linking Frenkie de Jong with Manchester City are increasing by the day, and like any transfer saga, that means conflicting information that makes the situation unclear.
Earlier today, the respected Sam Lee of Goal reported that Barcelona had all but given up one signing the Ajax sensation, leaving Manchester City in pole position to break their club record and sign the player either in January (with a possible loan back to Ajax) or the summer.
Italian transfer guru, the legendary Gianluca Di Marzio, has spoken for the first time about the De Jong situation and his version is slightly different.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) November 21, 2018
Di Marzio reports that both City and Barcelona have made ‘decisive moves’ to sign De Jong, however his version is that it is Barça who have been the most persistent so far in contacting Ajax.
He goes on to add that Ajax have put up a wall with sporting director Marc Overmars refusing to negotiate the sale of the Dutch international midfielder at this point.
It’s inevitable that De Jong will leave the club, along with Ajax’s other great talent Matthijs de Ligt, but it would be in the club’s interest to wait until the summer for a major bidding war.
Will it be City or Barcelona for De Jong? There have even been reports of Real Madrid entering the fray. Pep Guardiola will be hoping to avoid another near miss after losing out on Jorginho to Chelsea next season, and finally getting his Fernandinho successor in the form of Frenkie de Jong.