Manchester United could reportedly launch the offensive for Frenkie de Jong, who faces an uncertain future at Barcelona heading into the summer.
According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, Frenkie de Jong is the subject of interest from Manchester United over a possible move in the summer transfer window. The Dutch midfielder faces an uncertain future at Barcelona despite turning his form around in the last few months.
Frenkie de Jong joined Barcelona in July 2019 following a fruitful four-year stint with the Dutch giants. Since moving to Camp Nou, the 24-year-old has been among the most consistent performers for the Blaugrana while establishing himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe.
The Dutch international has enjoyed a solid 2021/22 campaign despite enduring some testing moments along the way. The player has four goals and five assists in 42 appearances for Barcelona thus far this term. But de Jong faces an uncertain future at Barcelona despite his consistent displays, with Manchester United setting sights on him.
The interest from Manchester United comes in the wake of Erik ten Hag’s appointment as their next first-team manager. Under ten Hag, de Jong first burst into the limelight and became a highly sought-after player in the transfer market.
With Nemanja Matic revealing that he will leave Manchester United as a free agent in the summer transfer window and Paul Pogba likely to follow suit in July, the Red Devils will need a top-class replacement to fill the duo’s void. And de Jong could be a one-stop solution, with the Barcelona midfield maestro capable of playing as a deep-lying playmaker.
Several other midfielders, including Ryan Gravenberch, are on Manchester United’s radar, but they could strike gold by signing de Jong from Barcelona. That said, the rumours of the 24-year-old facing an uncertain situation at Camp Nou do not seem to hold any substance in the wake of Xavi Hernandez’s comments about him.
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It is highly unlikely that de Jong will leave Barcelona in the summer transfer window. Manchester United will thus have to set sights on alternate options to bolster their midfield unit, which should be a priority for them heading into the summer transfer window. As for de Jong, the Dutchman will likely stay put at FC Barcelona.
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