According to Algemeen Dagblad, Manchester City are preparing a €70 million summer bid for Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with Barcelona and several other of Europe’s biggest clubs after a number of excellent performances for Ajax and the Dutch national team.

AD are now reporting that Manchester City have set their sights on De Jong, with Pep Guardiola seeing the Dutchman as a perfect replacement for the ageing Fernandinho in his midfield.

A €70 million bid is being prepared for next summer as Manchester City don’t want to rush things. However, should one of their competitors make a move then a January bid isn’t being ruled out.

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