ARSENE WENGER and Pep Guardiola are going head-to-head in a battle for Ajax star Frenkie De Jong.

Arsenal and Manchester City have BOTH spoken to the Dutch giants over a January deal for the De Jong.

The central midfielder, 20, has broken into the first team and has sparked a tug-of-war to get him to the Premier League, with Chelsea also monitoring his situation.

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Clubs reckon they can get the youngster for a bargain £5million this January as De Jong has just 18 months left on his current deal.

Ajax could hold out for a bigger fee or offer De Jong fresh terms after he emerged as a massive prospect in the last year.

De Jong started at Willem II before moving to Ajax and playing for their youth team in the second-tier, where he won the Talent of the Season award.

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He also came on in the Europa League final last season, against Manchester United, when Ajax were chasing the game, putting him on the radar of top European clubs.

Both Wenger and Guardiola reckon he can boost their first-team options for the second half of the season.

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De Jong has played for the Holland Under-21s after progressing through the youth teams and is expected to get a full cap with his country looking to the future after failing to reach the World Cup.

He has made seven Eredivisie appearances for Ajax this season, including four starts.

SUN, UK


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