The 21-year-old Dutchman has been linked to several of Europe’s top clubs in recent months, with Manchester United also believed to be interested in the starlet.
Reports last week claimed the PSG were favourites to land de Jong and were on the verge of completing a deal, but this now seems to have changed.
Both Catalunya Radio and De Telegraaf report that De Jong has now chosen to join Barcelona and the player will make the move to the Spanish champions in the summer transfer window.
It is claimed that De Jong’s representative has informed City and PSG that the midfielder will sign for Barca.
“Normally when you are involved with Madrid and Barcelona, you are going to lose”
And Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu will travel to Amsterdam on Wednesday to complete the deal with Ajax.
A summer move rather than a January one would benefit Ajax, who are chasing PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch league and have been drawn to play Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League.
If reports of a £79m transfer fee are correct, it would make de Jong the most expensive Dutch player in history, eclipsing the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk a year ago.
The Catalan giants are reportedly offering De Jong a bumper wage deal, which amounts to £14m a year.
This includes a basic salary of £8.77m per season, with the chance of earning an additional £5.26m in bonuses based on appearances and silverware.
City have been in the market to sign a central midfielder to ease the burden on Fernandinho but even Pep Guardiola admitted that his side would struggle to compete with Barcelona in the race for De Jong.
“Normally when you are involved with Madrid and Barcelona, you are going to lose,” the City manager said earlier this month.
“You have to be quicker and more efficient. It will more expensive for everybody and it is what it is.”
Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal recently said the club were waiting for a decision from De Jong.
Asked about the the Dutchman, Abidal said: “This question has to be asked to the player. He knows there is interest from many clubs and he will make his decision. We can only wait, like everyone else.”
De Jong would join Kevin-Prince Boateng and Jeison Murillo in joining Barcelona this month.
Boateng has moved from Serie A side Sassuolo on a six-month loan deal while Murillo arrived on loan from Valencia.
Abidal added: “We are happy with the squad but there is always a chance.
“Players who are not playing very much can stay or leave, all scenarios will be evaluated.”