Premier League champions Manchester City have reportedly won the race to sign highly-rated Dutch international midfielder Frenkie De Jong ahead of the January transfer window.
De Jong plays his club football for Dutch Eredivisie giants Ajax Amsterdam at the moment.
According to the report from trusted English news outlet Daily Mirror, the Citizens have blown other competitors out of the water in the wake of a £61m bid for the 21-year-old defensive midfielder.
European clubs such as Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United were also interested in the Ajax Amsterdam but they have all admitted that they won’t be able to meet up with the spending power of Manchester City.
The Premier League leaders see him as the long-term successor to the reign of Brazilian international midfielder Fernandinho at the club.
The former Shakhtar Donetsk player will turn 34 at the end of the season and Manchester City have already lined up a potential replacement for him.
Despite the fact that he’s in the twilight of his career, Fernandinho has been one of the best players for Manchester City in the new season.
The aforementioned report also revealed that De Jong was keen to play for Pep Guardiola and that played a big role in his decision to opt for Manchester City.