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City go cold on Dutchman

22nd January 2019, 06:17 by Michael Holland

Manchester City have given up on Frenkie De Jong after being priced out of a move for the Ajax star.

City boss Pep Guardiola sees the 21-year-old as the perfect long-term successor to Fernandinho and was ready to break the bank to sign him at the end of the season.

It looked as though Barcelona were the biggest threat to City's chances of striking a deal but now Paris Saint-Germain have entered the running and are ready to spend big.

It is claimed PSG will pay the Dutch starlet as much as £200,000 a week but City are sticking to their guns and are willing to pay half of that, meaning De Jong is likely to head to France instead.

Wherever he ends up, the 21-year-old has admitted he would like to get a deal sorted sooner rather than later.

"I'm not going to make a hasty decision, but I'd like to be clear about it myself pretty quickly,” he said. "I do not know if I'll make it known to the public."

Guardiola is having a tough time landing the midfielder he needs after also ruling a move for Wolves star Ruben Neves.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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