Re­port: PSG to snatch Ajax star De Jong from City in record deal

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The hague: Paris St Ger­main could pip Manch­ester City to the sign­ing of Ajax and Hol­land mid­field star Frenkie de Jong (pic) in a record €75mil (RM355mil) deal, a Dutch news­pa­per re­port said.

“It is al­most cer­tain that De Jong, 21, will ex­change Ajax for Paris St Ger­main,” pop­u­lar tabloid De Tele­graaf said on Fri­day.

If the deal goes through, it will be “the most ex­pen­sive and sen­sa­tional in the his­tory of the Ere­di­visie and Ajax in par­tic­u­lar,” the news­pa­per added.

PSG’s move to se­cure the tal­ented mid­fielder, who made his de­but for Ajax two years ago, comes af­ter a light­ning in­ter­ven­tion from the club’s tech­ni­cal di­rec­tors Max­well and An­tero Hen­rique.

Top PSG of­fi­cials met De Jong’s agent Ali Dur­sun on Thurs­day and, later, Ajax man­age­ment at the Jo­han Crui­jff Arena, De Tele­graaf said.

Talks be­tween Ajax and Manch­ester City are be­lieved to have reached an ad­vanced stage af­ter De Jong spent sev­eral hours talk­ing to City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola.

But the English cham­pi­ons “wanted to do busi­ness at a later stage and PSG was light­ning-quick to jump on the op­por­tu­nity,” claimed the re­port.

“The dark blue jersey of France’s up­com­ing cham­pi­ons PSG, not the light blue one of Manch­ester City, will al­most cer­tainly be­come De Jong’s next sum­mer,” the pa­per said.

Ajax con­firmed to the Dutch daily that talks with PSG have been held, although the club added “there was no de­fin­i­tive agree­ment ... other clubs have also shown in­ter­est”.

The high­est out­go­ing trans­fer amount paid so far in the Dutch top flight was last year when Colom­bian cen­tre­back Davin­son Sanchez moved from Ajax to Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur for €40mil (RM190mil).

In 2015 Mem­phis De­pay moved from PSV to Manch­ester United for €34mi (RM161mil).

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