Manchester City are set to rival Manchester United for Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong, according to the latest reports…
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According to journalist Jonathan Shrager, the reigning Premier League champions want a deal for the Dutchman, with the Etihad Stadium side’s ability to deliver Champions League football next season likely to boost their chances ahead of neighbors struggling United.
writing on his Twitter feed, Shrager said of the 24-year-old’s situation: “Barca and Xavi are keen to keep De Jong, Frenkie wants to play at the UCL and the MCFC are interested in him, with Pep an admirer of the player. So while MUFC was interested long before ETH arrived, at the moment these factors seem to reduce the chances of FDJ coming to United.”
Recent reports had suggested the Red Devils are considering a move for the 40-cap international and the Blaugrana could be inclined to sell, although this latest update suggests the advantage is with Pep Guardiola and co, should the Camp Nou sanctioned a sale.
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With City remaining firmly in the mix for a potential Premier League and Champions League double this season, it looks like the club are keen to further bolster their already stellar squad, with De Jong the latest high-profile figure to be linked with. a switch to the Etihad.
Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland is the potential new arrival stealing all the headlines, while Sporting Lisbon’s Matheus Nunes has also appeared on the radar, with Guardiola dubbing him ‘one of the best in the world’ more early this season.
Links to the latter would suggest a new midfield addition is on the agenda for the league leaders this summer, particularly with veteran Fernandinho recently confirming his desire to leave at the end of the season. campaign once his existing contract expires.
Potential target De Jong may not have the same playing profile as the Brazilian, although he would likely add his own touch of quality to the club’s midfield ranks, having been labeled ‘extraordinary’ by his current boss Xavi.
With Rodri likely to remain in a sustaining role with Cityzens for years to come, there is potentially a place available as part of a three-man midfield alongside Kevin De Bruyne, particularly with the uncertainty. about the future of Bernardo Silva.
A partnership in midfield De Jong-De Bruyne is a truly salivating prospect, with the younger of the two offering unquestionable quality in possession to match the talent of City’s chief creator.
The former Ajax player is a master at dictating the tempo and summoning attacks from his position in midfield, ranking in the top 6% for progressive carries and the top 5% for the progress passes received by 90 of those who occupy its position in the top five European leagues.
This latest stat shows his talent for probing the final third, while his midfield metronome quality is also underlined by his excellent success rate of 91% so far this term in La Liga.
De Jong, valued at £63million, apparently fits the mold of a Guardiola player with his ability to break the lines – as shown by his 86% dribbling success rate in the Spanish top flight this season – while that his previous comparisons to Andres Iniesta, a player with whom the City boss enjoyed huge success during his tenure at Barcelona, also illustrate how he could thrive for the Manchester side should this potential move materialise.
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