Nigel de Jong is a man in demand this summer as the Manchester City midfielder, a supposed target for Arsenal, is now being eyed by Inter Milan. And, once again it is Rennes stance over Yann M’Vila that has led to De Jong being linked with a move. M’Vila has been a long-term target for both Arsenal and Inter but the French club have been stubborn over the price tag, which stands at £25 m. Both clubs are unwilling to pay such a high amount for a 21 year old and hence the 27 year old De Jong has emerged as a cheaper alternative.
The Dutchman has been on the fringes of Roberto Mancini’s side and he would consider first-team action a priority for next season. But he is unlikely to get that at the Etihad as City are looking to purchase a few more players this summer. Inter generally deploy a system that is more suited to De Jong’s deep lying role whereas Arsenal play a more fluid system in the middle. Although, both clubs will look at the midfield enforcer as an economical purchase in a market otherwise filled with inflated prices.
Arsenal might have their work cut out in convincing De Jong to pick them over Inter, especially given their lack of trophies in recent seasons, but the Italian giants are not in next seasons Champions League competition.
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