Van der Wiel, a £10million-rated Ajax right-back who has just been named Holland's Young Player of the Year, is already on City boss Roberto Mancini's radar.
And De Jong, who is also a former Ajax player, insists the 22-year-old could play a crucial role at the club next season.
"I know that Greg is on our wanted list at Manchester City," De Jong told the Daily Star.
"I have pleaded with them to sign him, as we could use a good right-back.
"The tempo of English football will make him stronger still and I've recommended him to City's management."