Manchester City and Barcelona have missed out in the race to sign Europe’s most in-demand young midfielder, Frenkie de Jong, who is joining Paris Saint-Germain from Ajax.
De Jong’s next club has been the biggest transfer saga of the past month, with City, PSG and Barcelona all approaching the 21-year-old with proposals to sign him in the summer.
However, according to multiple sources across Europe, including RAC1 and Mundo Deportivo, De Jong has chosen PSG and the French giants are currently finalising terms with Ajax for the transfer.
Barcelona are said to be unhappy because De Jong had verbally agreed to join the Catalan giants, before instead opting for life in the French capital.
At one point, Manchester City were reported to be in pole position for the gifted young midfielder, with Txiki Begiristain working on a deal, but more recently that talk died down, with rumours suggesting FFP fears had led to City taking a step back.
There is no formal confirmation yet that Frenkie de Jong is joining PSG, but many credible sources around Europe now believe he is Paris-bound, leaving Pep Guardiola and Ernesto Valverde disappointed.
For City, their search for a ‘No. 6’ to succeed Fernandinho continues, with Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele likely to be at or near the top of the club’s list now.