MANCHESTER CITY accept baffled Barcelona to the £61million signing of Ajax brilliant Frenkie de Jong, according to reports.
The 21-year-old Dutch all-embracing is a ambition for a host of Europe’s big clubs, but it’s the Premier League champs who accept won the race.
The Mirror letters that Pep Guardiola has won the chase for the arresting midfielder, and he is apparent as a accustomed backup for Fernandinho.
Manchester United as able-bodied as Barcelona were both befitting tabs on De Jong, but attending set to absence out.
De Jong is believed to be agog to assignment with Guardiola and would favour a move to accompany the Spaniard rather than beyond boondocks at Old Trafford.
Barca’s £27million bid was alone in August with the Dutch giants accommodated to accident the 21-year-old at the end of the season.
And a abeyant summer behest war for the midfielder is music to the aerial of Willem II who let him go for about annihilation in 2015.
But they shrewdly agreed 10 per-cent of any approaching auction of the Dutch international.
De Jong has been flattered by the absorption in him by Europe’s big boys.
But he now reckons the connected letters and questions about his approaching are accepting tiresome.
Frenkie de Jong… who are ya?
The Ajax brilliant is a capital man afterwards a alternation of absorbing displays for both club and country.
Both Man City and United appetite to accompany the youngster to the Pemier League.
And there is affluence of absorption from away in the Dutchman.
But what do you absolutely apperceive about him?
Luckily for you SunSport has you covered:
Date of birth:
12 May, 1997 (age 21)
De Jong is a artefact of Willem II’s academy and played through their absolute adolescence system.
He fabricated his Eredivisie admission from the bank adjoin ADO Den Haag on May 10, 2015.
Ajax swooped for the brilliant that summer and he helped them to ability the 2017 Europa League Final, area they were defeated by Manchester United.
After acceptable 22 caps for his country at adolescence level, he fabricated the aboriginal of his three chief appearances adjoin Peru in June 2018.
Did you know?
De Jong’s talents were recognised civic during his additional division at Ajax.
He was voted the Jupiler League Talent of the Division for the 2016/17 campaign.
He told Elf Voetbal: “In the alpha it was fun and I acquainted actual flattered by the belief about Barcelona, but afterwards a while the questions about it got annoying.
“For the time being, I aloof break with Ajax, at atomic addition year and maybe two or three added years. I’m absolutely adequate myself here.”
But the befalling to comedy for the best aggregation in the Premier League, as able-bodied as accept a astute adventitious of acceptable the Champions League, may prove too strong.
Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax, also known as AFC Ajax, Ajax Amsterdam or simply Ajax, is a Dutch professional football club based in Amsterdam. Historically, Ajax (named after the legendary Greek hero) has been the most successful club in the Netherlands, with 33 Eredivisie titles and 18 KNVB Cups. It has continuously played in the Eredivisie, the Dutch football top division, since its inception in 1956 and, along with Feyenoord and PSV, it is one of the country’s “big three” clubs that have dominated that competition.
Ajax has historically been one of the most successful clubs in the world. According to the IFFHS, Ajax were the seventh-most successful European club of the 20th century and The World’s Club Team of the Year in 1992. According to German magazine Kicker, Ajax were the second-most successful European club of the 20th century. The club is one of the five teams that has earned the right to keep the European Cup and to wear a multiple-winner badge; they won consecutively in 1971–1973. In 1972, they completed the continental treble by winning the Eredivisie, KNVB Cup, and the European Cup. It also won the first organized UEFA Super Cup in 1972 against Glasgow Rangers (played in 1973). Ajax’s last international trophies were the 1995 Intercontinental Cup, 1995 UEFA Super Cup and the 1995 Champions League, where they defeated Milan in the final; they lost the 1996 Champions League final on penalties to Juventus. In 1995, Ajax was crowned as World Team of the Year by World Soccer magazine.
Ajax is also one of four teams to win the continental treble and the Intercontinental Cup or Club World Cup in the same season/calendar year; This was achieved in the 1971–72 season. Ajax, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Manchester United are the five clubs to have won all three major UEFA club competitions. They have also won the Intercontinental Cup twice, the 1991–92 UEFA Cup, as well as the Karl Rappan Cup, a predecessor of the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1962. Ajax plays at the Johan Cruyff Arena, which opened as the Amsterdam ArenA in 1996 and was renamed in 2018. They previously played at De Meer Stadion and the Amsterdam Olympic Stadium (for international matches).