Manchester United have joined FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur in pursuit of Ajax’s latest super starlet, Frenkie de Jong.
Apparently, the Red Devils had scouts present with the Dutchman was playing for his country; against France in the UEFA Nations League. That’s according to The Sun, per the Daily Mail.
Rated at £50million, the 21-year-old is attracting attention from some of the world’s best sides, and United could be keen on making a deal happen as early as January; particularly after the extremely poor transfer window.
De Jong is a central midfielder, which is an area that Jose Mourinho has already invested in recently, with the acquisition of Fred. Sometimes, though, when a player starts rising through the ranks in such emphatic fashion – it’s just too good to turn down.
United are confident that their good connections with Ajax could be the decisive factor in acquiring De Jong. Don’t forget, Edwin van der Sar plays a pivotal role with the Amsterdam-based side, while a transfer for Daley Blind went through extremely smoothly over the summer.
The main worry for me is the age. De Jong is still so young and who knows whether he’ll be able to adapt and adjust to the English game. It certainly will take time, if he manages to work out the Premier League at all…