Manchester City could soon find themselves in pole position to sign in-demand Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong after Barcelona baulked at Ajax’s asking price.
Speaking on Club de la Mitjanit, journalist Oriol Domènech shared his latest information which could bode well for City and Paris Saint-Germain in the De Jong race.
🔥 TROBADA BARÇA-ENTORN DE JONG 🎙️ @orioldomenech:
🔊 "Dijous passat el Barça i el seu representant es van reunir a Barcelona"
— Club de la Mitjanit (@ClubMitjanit) December 17, 2018
A meeting took place in Barcelona last Thursday between the Catalan club and representatives of De Jong in which Barça said that they cannot meet Ajax’s €75 million (£67.5 million) asking price nor match the wages on offer from other clubs.
A week ago on the same program, Domènech revealed that Barcelona was De Jong’s preferred destination, with City in second and PSG in third. Therefore, if Barcelona withdraw from the race for financial reasons, it would seem to put Pep Guardiola in pole position to land his main midfield target – that is assuming City themselves are willing to cough up €75 million.
City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain was spotted talking to his Ajax counterpart Marc Overmars for 10 minutes at yesterday’s Champions League draw in Nyon, although there is no evidence it was concerning De Jong or another mutual City/Barcelona target, Matthijs de Ligt.
City and Barcelona are fishing in similar waters for a midfielder, with De Jong, Adrien Rabiot and Tanguy Ndombele being linked with both clubs.
Guardiola is said to have ‘put all his meat in the barbecue’ for De Jong, meaning he really wants to sign the 21-year-old who he views as the ideal successor to Fernandinho. And if Barcelona continue to waver, the chances are increasing of Frenkie de Jong becoming a Citizen next summer…