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Manchester City could reignite their interest in 24-year-old Barcelona midfielder



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Following their exit from the UEFA Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid earlier this week, Manchester City are planning to reinforce their squad with at least three new faces, reports the Daily Mail.

And one of the areas that manager Pep Guardiola is keen on strengthening is the midfield department. It is claimed that the Man City head coach wants a player who can operate as a reserved holding midfielder and is capable of playing in an advanced position as well.

The report then states that it could lead to Manchester City reigniting their interest in Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong in the upcoming summer window.

The 24-year-old midfielder was a target for Guardiola and the Cityzens back in 2019 after his explosive 2018/19 campaign with AFC Ajax. However, the Premier League champions were beaten to the punch by Barça, who captured the Dutchman in an €86 million deal.

However, heading into the summer, there have been a lot of speculations surrounding the future of de Jong at Camp Nou.

While the manager and club officials continue to maintain that the Netherlands ace is a key part of the plans for the future, reports in the media claim that Barcelona would be open to selling him should a significant offer come along.

There has been strong interest from Manchester United, while the likes of PSG and Juventus are also keeping tabs on the situation. Now, Manchester City, too, could enter the fray for de Jong’s signing if there is a possibility that Barça are open to selling him in the summer.

De Jong has had a mixed spell at Camp Nou so far. Despite possessing great quality, the 24-year-old has been unable to perform at his topmost level on a consistent basis and has, at times, gone missing in big games.

With Barcelona in a sticky situation financially, player sales will be necessary to generate funds and free up space on the wage bill. Whether de Jong is sacrificed in the summer remains to be seen. If he is made available for a transfer, Man City could look to pounce.

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