Manchester City may yet again outdo archrival Manchester United, according to a new report, as they ponder a surprise bid for Barcelona’s Frenkie De Jong.
Manchester United’s interest in the midfielder has long been known. They tried hard to sign him last summer, with the Barcelona president admitting an £86 million bid. Barcelona was willing to sell him at the time owing to financial difficulties, but a deal could not be reached.
In an unexpected turn of events, United’s city rivals have apparently joined the battle to sign him.
According to The Sun, Pep Guardiola is interested in signing the Barcelona star. However, according to the source, Barcelona will demand at least the £90 million that they were willing to offer West Ham for Declan Rice.
Although Barcelona’s president, Joan Laporta, has indicated that De Jong is not for sale, the club’s persistent financial difficulties may influence their decision if an enticing offer from treble winners Manchester City emerges.