Over the past year or so, it has become abundantly clear that Tottenham Hotspur need to upgrade their central midfield department.
With Mousa Dembele’s future looking uncertain, Eric Dier flitting in and out of form and Victor Wanyama spending time out injured, Spurs have looked weak in this department.
The consensus among fans is that Tottenham need to sign a top young talent – someone who can provide a long-term solution in central midfield.
And one of the ideal candidates was Frenkie de Jong. The young Dutchman is rated as one of the best youngsters in Europe.
But this deal is looking increasingly unlikely. Manchester City have entered pole position to land the 21-year-old.
According to The Daily Star, Manchester City are ready to break their transfer record to sign de Jong.
Barcelona, Manchester United and Tottenham are also keen but Pep Guardiola’s men are leading the chase.
Ajax want £71m for their starlet, who already has over 50 senior appearances for Ajax since his move from Willem II.
As Manchester City close in on this deal, Spurs’ hopes of landing their long-term central midfield fix are slipping away.
Mauricio Pochettino will be well aware that he needs to strengthen in central midfield and the Netherlands international was an ideal candidate.
But he must now start scouring the market for other potential midfielders who are short-term and long-term solutions to this conundrum.