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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
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton156542117423
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
13Watford156271821-320
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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