The time is nearing when Frenkie de Jong will choose which club he will depart Ajax for next summer, with Manchester City, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain his options.
The 21-year-old, considered one of the finest talents to emerge at Ajax in years alongside teammate Matthijs de Ligt, is in great demand but his personal wishes and the fee requested by Ajax mean only three big clubs are left in the running.
And according to Mundo Deportivo, once Ajax return home from their tour of the USA (January 5 to January 12), De Jong may have made a firm decision on who to join and his summer move could be announced.
As they have been consistent in saying, the Catalan press believe Barcelona are in pole position, claiming that De Jong prefers their sporting project, but the rival interest of City and PSG is still presented as a threat.
Barcelona are said to have agreed personal terms with De Jong, one of the potential obstacles that could have stopped him landing at Camp Nou.
Reliable Dutch outlet De Telegraaf recently reiterated that reports in Catalonia are exaggerated and that PSG still lead the race ahead of City, with Barcelona unlikely to land De Jong.
And though City are not reported to be in the lead for the midfielder, Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman revealed in an interview that Pep Guardiola has spoken to him about De Jong and De Ligt and is ‘wild’ about Frenkie’s ability.