Reports of Frenkie de Jong making a surprise move to Paris Saint-Germain were premature with the Ligue 1 club believing it to be a ploy by Ajax to create an auction for European football’s most in-demand midfielder.
That brought Manchester City and Barcelona back into the game when it had appeared the two had lost out in the race for 21-year-old De Jong, a midfielder perfectly suited to both teams.
And so the race is on again for De Jong, with the question no longer being will he leave Ajax, but where will he go?
The player’s father has chimed in, saying he believes Barcelona would be the best move for his son. How much influence he has on Frenkie’s decision remains to be seen, but De Jong Sr. said all will become clear in spring.
“You have to decide, he’s a very smart guy, and he’ll make his decision in spring,” De Jong’s father told Voetbal Premium, then added, “There is a 95 per cent chance of leaving Ajax [in the summer], and [moving to] Barça would be the best decision.”
A weekend report by Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror claimed City put a £66.8 million deal for De Jong on ice for unclear reasons – possibly related to Financial Fair Play – leaving Pep Guardiola ‘angry and frustrated’ at possibly missing out on another top midfield target.
So are City still in for De Jong or will they move on to cheaper alternatives? Time will tell, but this one promises to be another big transfer saga…