Observer on Saturday - - Sport - AFP

- Paris Saint-Ger­main could pip Manch­ester City to the sign­ing of Ajax and Nether­lands mid­field star Frenkie de Jong in a record €75 mil­lion deal, a Dutch news­pa­per re­port said on Fri­day.

"It is al­most cer­tain that De Jong, 21, will ex­change Ajax for Paris Saint-Ger­main," pop­u­lar tabloid De Tele­graaf said.

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 cen­tre-back Davin­son Sanchez moved from Ajax to Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur for €40 mil­lion. In 2015 Mem­phis De­pay moved from PSV to Manch­ester United for €34 mil­lion.

SNATCHED: Paris Saint-Ger­main could pip Manch­ester City to the sign­ing De Jong.

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