Guardiola "furious" to have lost De Jong after secret London meeting

The Daily Mirror say City have taken a step back

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The Daily Mirror say Pep Guardiola is "furious" to have lose the possibility of signing ajax's Frenkie de Jong because Manchester City have pulled out of the race. 

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According to the report, sold as an exclusive, Guardiola had a secret meeting with De Jong and practically convinced him that he would be working under him next season. 

This meeting, which lasted over three years, according to The Mirror, took place in London just after the game between Germany and Holland last month. Afterward, Guardiola felt the signing was nearly done. 

The report continues by saying that City representatives planned to travel to Amsterdam last Thursday to close a 75 million euro deal but 24 hours before called off the meeting and told Ajax they wanted to leave the operation on ice. 

That allowed PSG to take the advantage, who, according to De Telegraaf, have reached an agreement with Ajax -- news denied by De Jong and his agent. 

The Mirror argue that City have taken a step back following accusations that they're failing to comply with UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules via Football Leaks. 

Guardiola, they finish, is "angry and frustrated" that in the last year he has seen the likes of Dani Alves, Alexis Sánchez, Fred and Jorginho escape -- and now possibly De Jong, too.

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