Frenkie de Jong’s private thoughts on Man Utd move suggests transfer U-turn | Football | Sport


De Jong was brought through the Ajax academy which focuses on the same philosophy of football that Ten Hag is aiming to bring to the Premier League club next season. And he is seen as the perfect fit to replace Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, who are leaving as free agents.

While Barca are demanding a fee close to £85million for the Netherlands international, United chiefs are growing confident they will be able to pay a lower fee due to the Blaugrana’s unfavourable financial situation. It is understood De Jong has accepted that his time at the Nou Camp appears over after Barca coach Xavi Hernandez admitted he could be sold for “economic reasons.”

De Jong joined Barcelona in a £65m deal in 2019 after impressing while helping Ajax reach the Champions League semi-finals. He has scored 13 goals in 140 appearances for the Catalan outfit, playing in 47 games for the club last season after enjoying a key role under Xavi.

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