De Jong, 20, made his first-team debut for Ajax last November and has greatly impressed for the Dutch giants this season, making eight Eredivisie appearances as the side sit second in the table behind PSV Eindhoven. The Sun suggest Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been alerted to De Jong’s performances and the Premier League trio could be set to battle it out for the youngster. It’s claimed Wenger and Pep Guardiola have even opened negotiations with Ajax over a move for the Netherlands Under-21 international.

Both Arsenal and City are confident of securing a £5million deal for De Jong in the January transfer window. The promising teenager has only 18 months remaining on his current contract at the Johan Cruijff Arena.

Manchester United fans may remember De Jong coming on as an 81st minute substitute in the Europa League final. Conte: Luiz omission ‘only a tactical decision’ Play Video Loaded: 0% 0:00Progress: 0% PlayMute Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 0:00 Fullscreen


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