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Report: Manchester City to move for Frenkie de Jong in January

Report: Man City to move for Frenkie de Jong
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A report claims that Frenkie de Jong is on Pep Guardiola's list of winter transfer targets, as Manchester City look to strengthen in defensive midfield.

Manchester City will rival Manchester United for the signing of young Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, according to a report.

De Jong has already been touted as a target for United, Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona, seeing his valuation rise beyond the £50m mark.

The Mirror suggests that Man City were unsuccessful with a previous approach for the 21-year-old in the summer, but Pep Guardiola is unwilling to admit defeat and will make a fresh approach in January.

A new defensive midfielder is said to be the Catalan coach's priority, and Netherlands international De Jong is high on his list of targets.

Ajax have vowed to keep hold of the Willem II youth product for at least another year, but it is claimed that City are willing to test their resolve.

De Jong is under contract at the Johan Cruyff Arena until until 2022.

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Diogo Jota and Frenkie de Jong in action during the pre-season friendly between Ajax and Wolverhampton Wanderers on July 19, 2018
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City97202632323
2Liverpool97201631323
3Chelsea96302071321
4Arsenal970222111121
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs9702167921
6Bournemouth95221612417
7Watford95131312116
8Everton94321512315
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves943298115
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231516-114
11Leicester CityLeicester94051515012
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton93241013-311
13Burnley92251017-78
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham9216814-67
15Crystal Palace9216511-67
16Southampton9135614-86
17Cardiff CityCardiff9126819-115
18Fulham91261125-145
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9036418-143
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82

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