Manchester City is eyeing a potential move for Barcelona’s talented midfielder, Frenkie de Jong, as they search for reinforcements following their failed bid for Declan Rice.
Frenkie de Jong, despite enduring persistent interest from Manchester United’s manager Erik ten Hag last summer, chose to stay at Barcelona and had an outstanding season at the Camp Nou. This decision caught the attention of Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola.
Pep Guardiola initially pursued de Jong’s signature in 2019 after the midfielder’s exceptional campaign with Ajax. However, the move didn’t materialize as de Jong opted for Barcelona instead.
Now, Guardiola has renewed his interest in the Dutchman, hoping to secure his services for Manchester City.
Barcelona’s ongoing financial troubles have put them in a position where they may consider selling de Jong.
Guardiola is aware of this situation and is eager to take advantage of the opportunity. It’s reported that Barcelona would expect City to match the £90 million offer they made for Declan Rice.
Manchester United’s Interest and Shift in Focus
Although Frenkie de Jong remains on Manchester United’s wish list, the club has shifted their attention to other targets.
Recent reports suggest they have reached an agreement for Chelsea star Mason Mount. This indicates that de Jong’s potential move to Manchester City could be more likely.
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De Jong’s Commitment to Barcelona
Frenkie de Jong himself has expressed his desire to stay at Barcelona. In a recent interview, he clarified that leaving the club was never an option for him, as he felt in control of his situation.
De Jong’s contract extension in 2020 further solidified his commitment to Barcelona, and he expects to continue playing for the club in the upcoming season.
Manchester City’s pursuit of Frenkie de Jong is gaining momentum, with Pep Guardiola eager to secure the talented midfielder’s signature. Barcelona’s financial difficulties could pave the way for this transfer to happen.
While de Jong has reaffirmed his commitment to Barcelona, the football world is eagerly awaiting further developments in this potential transfer saga.