Manchester United are determined to sign Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong ahead of next season. It is understood that new manager Erik ten Hag is a huge admirer of De Jong. The Barcelona midfielder had come into the limelight during Ten Hag’s spell as Ajax coach.
According to a report from SBNATION, a reunion is in sight as the Red Devils are desperate to put together a revamped squad for next season. Talks are ongoing with reports claiming that some Barca officials ‘believe they can make a lot of money from a potential sale’.
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It is understood that Barcelona manager Xavi is opposed to De Jong’s transfer as he sees the midfielder as part of his long-term plan. According to the report, Manchester United can sign a 25-year-old midfielder, but the move can only happen if the English club are willing to pay a handsome sum.
Recently, during Barcelona’s game against Rayo Vallecano on April 25, De Jong was seen frustrated after being substituted by Xavi on the hour mark. In the end, Barcelona had to suffer a shocking 0-1 loss in this game.
The Dutch footballer was an integral part of the Ajax squad that reached the Champions League semi-finals in the 2018-19 season. Ajax were eventually knocked out of European competition after suffering a loss to Tottenham in the semi-finals. His stellar display during this season was enough to impress Barcelona as the Blaugrana landed him ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
So far, De Jong has played 139 games for Barcelona and found the back of the net 13 times. In the current edition of La Liga, he has played 31 games and scored three goals and three assists.
Overall, the current season has been dismal for Barcelona. The Catalan giants put on a better show in the second half of the season, but they will still be trophyless this season. Moreover, they had to endure a painful Europa League exit after conceding a defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt. Barcelona managed to beat Real Madrid in the La Liga second leg but it wasn’t enough to stop the Galacticos from securing the domestic title. Thus, Xavi will no doubt be willing to stick with De Jong to keep the structure and form of his midfield intact.
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