Manchester City Extremely Short Odds To Sign Dutch Sensation
Manchester City are just 2/1 to sign highly-rated Ajax youngster Frenkie de Jong in the upcoming transfer window.
City believe they have won the race for the 21-year-old as they are set to offer £62million plus £18million in bonuses for the Dutch international.
De Jong broke into the Holland side in September and has already made himself a key figure in Ronald Koeman's side.
According to Goal's Sam Lee, City have been holding negotiations with the de Jong for a long period of time and are hoping to secure a deal before the January transfer window shuts.
They then plan to loan the midfielder back to Ajax from the remainder of the season, before returning to Pep Guardiola's ranks ahead of next season.
Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG are also interested, although Barca have made it clear they are out of the running as they are not willing to better City's offer.
Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum, who plays alongside the midfielder for Holland, recently lauded the youngster.
"With his dribbles he always ensures there is a good connection from defence to midfield and from midfield to attack," Wijnaldum told Voetbal International.
"He is also able to create space because he is a) always available and b) with his actions he creates many situations: he forces opponents to choose, they have to come out of position, lose their marker, which can automatically make space or give us a free man.
"That makes it easier for me to play football. I am someone who naturally like to move. With Frenkie, I can play much more in the possession, so that in certain situations I also get closer to the opponent's goal.
"The goals against Germany and France are good example. I can get there on time now, whereas it was more difficult for me, because I played a controlling role."
"He is so good and special that in Netherlands you don't hear anyone say he must play faster when he starts dribbling. I find that special. I know, the ball is always faster, but sometimes you have to let players dribble to make a difference."
Meanwhile, his Ajax and Oranje teammate Matthijs de Ligt is also a wanted man with Juventus favourites at 23/10 to sign the highly-rated centre-back, while Barcelona and Manchester City are both 7/2.