Manchester City are said to be exploring the possibility of signing Ajax wonderkid Frenkie De Jong this season, although they will supposedly not be drawn into a bidding war with other European giants, such as PSG and Barcelona, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The 21-year-old Dutch central midfielder has hit the spotlight this year producing dazzling Iniesta-like performances in the Eredivisie and it seems he has caught the eye of Europe’s elite.
Pep Guardiola is rumoured to be one such man interested and with many touting De Jong as the heir to Iniesta’s throne, it is easy to see why. The Citizens’ midfield is obviously very strong but with the likes of David Silva and Fernandinho both in their 30s, Guardiola may seek to strengthen in that area.
The Dutch international would be a perfect fit. He has impressive technical ability and composure whilst also possessing a physical prowess that allows him to cover a lot of ground on the pitch – it’s no wonder so many clubs want him on their books.
Any winter move for De Jong, however, seems very unlikely. The wonderkid recently came out in a press conference saying that he wanted to remain at Ajax until the summer because of the atmosphere and the success of the squad this season.
There is certainly no rush for De Jong. At the age of just 21, he has his whole footballing future way ahead of him. But where does his future lie? Spain? France? Or Manchester?