Manchester City are reportedly ready to break the club’s transfer record to sign Frenkie De Jong from Ajax.
Manchester City look set to win the race to sign an Ajax wonderkid after agreeing to meet his huge asking price. The 21-year-old made his senior debut for the Dutch senior side earlier this month after an impressive start to the new season the Eredivisie.
De Jong notched seven assists in 22 league appearances for Ajax last season but has already played 15 times in all competitions this campaign.
According to Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star on Sunday, the Dutch giants value the midfielder at £71 million. While there is interest in him from the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, only City would be willing to part with that amount.
“City could even sign De Jong in the January transfer window [and] then loan him back to Ajax for the rest of the season,” Hetherington wrote. “That would enable both the player and his Dutch club to stick to their pledge that De Jong would remain in Amsterdam for the whole of this campaign.”
He was used as a centre-back for long spells last season, but this season, it’s been deemed he is ready to advance into a midfield role and have more of an influence on games. Up to now, the signs have been positive.
City are stacked in most positions, yet they could benefit from another addition at the base of the midfield. Fernandinho has been an exceptional player for the club since arriving in 2013, but City don’t have anyone with his combativeness or composure to slot into that role.
City are not resting in their quest to become the best club in the world, and De Jong is one of the most promising young players in Europe right now. £71m is a huge sum, but given that money is no object, and the price of oil is relatively high right now, there’s no reason to think that more won’t be spent in January and the following summer.