Manchester City are set to beat Barcelona to the signing of Ajax youngster Frenkie de Jong.
That is according to The Daily Mirror who report that City are ready to spend £61 million in the January window to sign the 21 year old, who they regard as a long-term replacement Fernandinho who will be 34 next May.
De Jong has been on the radar of many of the top clubs in Europe because of his mobility and creative passing ability, allied with his ability to move the ball quickly with accuracy and speed.
A product of the Willem II youth system, de Jong joined Ajax in 2015, and, since breaking into their first team, has made 50 senior appearances for the club scoring twice.
Despite his age, he is already a Dutch international and was part of the side that ended France’s long unbeaten run with victory in their Nations League match on Friday.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.