Arsenal considering move for Ajax alternative
The 23 year-old started the season off as an attacking midfielder but quickly had to adapt to a striker role following several injuries to the Ajax forwards.
De Jong coped well with the pressure and ended the season with 17 goals and 12 assists across all competitions.
Arsenal have been linked with several playmakers in recent months as they look to mount a serious spending spree over the coming months in order to end their silverware drought.
The Gunners already wrapped up a deal to bring Lukas Podolski to the Emirates Stadium in an uncharacteristic manoeuvre.
However, it doesn’t seem as if the North London outfit are set to stop there with the likes of Yann M’Vila as well as Montpellier pair, Olivier Giroud and Younes Belhanda, also said to be on the Arsenal radar.
The Gunners are yet to really plug the hole that was left by the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri to Barcelona and Manchester City, respectively.
Aaron Ramsey and Yossi Benayoun both put in shifts behind the main attacking line this campaign but were it not for a late burst in form courtesy of Tomas Rosicky, Arsene Wenger’s men could well have found themselves in a worse finish than they ended up with.
De Jong has emerged as an integral member of an extremely young Ajax side that have earned a boatload of transfer speculation as a result of their league exploits.
Should the playmaker head for the exit of the Amsterdam club this summer, his signature would be expected to cost around £7m.