Despite stories from Catalonia that imply Frenkie de Jong is heading to Barcelona, a new report from France suggests that the race is still wide open for the Ajax sensation.
An exclusive run by Téléfoot in France today claims that Paris Saint-Germain have made De Jong their number one priority, while Manchester City have wanted the 21-year-for for a year and have no intention of bowing out of the race yet.
The Catalan press is strongly pushing the idea that both De Jong and another generational talent from Ajax who City are keen on, Matthijs de Ligt, will head to Camp Nou, but more objective sources believe there are several teams still in the hunt for the two youngsters.
De Jong is widely stated to be Pep Guardiola’s number one pick for his midfield, but with so many conflicting reports, ranging from City pulling out of a deal for the player, to the player deciding to join PSG (later refuted by club sources), and now De Jong favouring a move to Barcelona, it’s difficult to really know how things stand.
Spanish journalist Oriol Domènech claimed earlier in the week that Guardiola has met De Jong TWICE about a move to Manchester City, but that the Ajax star is giving preference to Barcelona and seeing what they plan.
PSG also have the money to put up a serious bid, although the latest claims from Barcelona point to him not fancying life in Ligue 1, even if it means playing alongside the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé.
Téléfoot list De Jong’s value at €70 million to €80 million, though given the demand for him, Ajax may look to get even more when they sell him.
And so it appears one of the big sagas of the summer 2019 transfer window may be the future of Frenkie de Jong – unless one of these clubs can tie up a deal for the impressive midfielder beforehand. Over to you, Txiki…