Manchester City to break club record transfer in order to sign Ajax starlet
Drew Bartle Head Sports Editor
Manchester City are gearing up to splurge on their biggest transfer to-date, according to the Manchester Evening News – with Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong the subject of Pep Guardiola’s interest.
Tottenham have been linked to the Dutch starlet who is being tipped for big things in the coming years, and has already impressed at just the age of 21, has three caps for the Netherlands and has played over 50 times for Ajax – scoring twice and assisting a further nine.
The report in the MEN suggests that the Amsterdam club are holding out for over £70 million for Frenkie de Jong and Manchester City are prepared to topple the £60 million they splashed out on Riyad Mahrez this summer in-order to beat their rivals Spurs to de Jong.
Spurs had apparently been keen to do a deal this past summer for £25 million but ultimately failed to make any signings.
An interesting point in the report does however say that while Man City are prepared to smash their transfer budget to sign Frenkie de Jong, they aren’t likely to be strong armed into a significantly higher deal than currently suggested. City showed their unwillingness to sign Alexis Sanchez and Virgil Van Dijk when the deals didn’t represent ‘value’.