Paris Saint-Germain have beaten Manchester City and Barcelona in the race to sign Europe’s most in-demand central midfielder Frenkie de Jong, reliable Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reports.
Exclusief bij De Telegraaf: Frenkie de Jong kiest voor Paris Saint-Germain en Ajax incasseert vermoedelijk 75 miljoen euro. De 21-jarige middenvelder verkiest de Franse topclub verrassend boven Manchester City. https://t.co/QnfPIwfuPg pic.twitter.com/sY9JzQgHjy
— De Telegraaf (@telegraaf) December 6, 2018
Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars has confirmed that a PSG delegation were in Amsterdam on Thursday to negotiate a deal for the 21-year-old, although added that there is no agreement between the clubs.
However, De Jong is reported to have quite surprisingly chosen PSG over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and La Liga giants Barcelona, and if they meet Ajax’s €75 million asking price, they will add the Dutch international to their star-studded squad.
De Telegraaf speculates that new Financial Fair Play issues may have contributed to City ‘fading into the background’ in the De Jong race, and the Blues must now consider alternate options such as Tanguy Ndombele or Ruben Neves.
If confirmed, it will mark another failed attempt by the Premier League champions to sign their top midfield target after missing out on Jorginho last summer to Chelsea.