Fabrizio Romano reveals Manchester United’s de Jong alternatives 

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Manchester United are in search of a new midfielder this summer and Frenkie de Jong is reportedly the priority target for Erik ten Hag, however, Fabrizio Romano has named two other options that the Red Devils might look at if they failed to sign the Barcelona midfielder. 

Despite investing two months in the de Jong deal and accepting fees with the Blaugrana, the Red Devils haven’t managed to get this deal over the line due to the player’s reluctance to leave the Catalan giants. 

Meanwhile, Erik ten Hag has expressed that ahead of the game against Crystal Palace that he is looking to strengthen the midfield this summer and if he could not find the right player in the market then he will work with what he currently has at his disposal. 

Speaking on Wondergoal Podcast, quoted by Football365, the transfer guru has stated that Manchester United are still in pursuit of Frenkie de Jong but they have a list of alternatives if they fail to secure a deal for the Netherlands international. 

The journalist has claimed that the Arsenal target Youri Tielemans is one of the names whose agent has already contacted the Red Devils hierarchy a few months ago, while Ruben Neves is another option but Wolverhampton are asking a fee of around €100m(£85m) which the Old Trafford club are reluctant to pay. He said:

“At the moment, Man Utd are keeping it quiet because they also want to show to Frenkie de Jong that he’s the Plan A, B and C. So, it’s normal to see Man Utd on this position. But as always in top clubs, they explore many possibilities and many options so it’s absolutely normal to have a list of players.

“Tielemans is still waiting for Arsenal but his agents have had conversations with Man Utd a few months ago. Man Utd always had this player on their radar. It is a very good opportunity because he’s out of contract with Leicester next summer. So this is an interesting opportunity for many clubs, discussing about the fee and the budget.

“I mentioned Tielemans. Ruben Neves is a player that they always had in their list but it depends on the price because if Wolves are asking for €100m for Ruben Neves as they did a few weeks ago, or months ago, they’re certain that Man Utd are not going to pay.

“It depends on the opportunities but today it is still Frenkie, Frenkie, Frenkie. And Tielemans could be together with Ruben Neves, some of the names they’re exploring.”

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Despite having issues in the midfield department, the former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer neglected this issue and used Fred and Scott McTominey throughout his tenure. But, due to the aforementioned players’ limitations, the Red Devils could not build upon a successful team. 

Meanwhile, the interim boss Ralf Rangnick wanted to sign a midfielder last January, but the club wasn’t keen on signing a player on the recommendation of an interim boss. 

Erik ten Hag has identified the key issues in the squad and asked for reinforcements in the engine room this summer. However, the club haven’t been able to deliver the Dutchman’s priority target in that position, which is Frenkie de Jong. 

Signing Frenkie de Jong will be a great acquisition for Manchester United. However, as it stands, it is highly unlikely that the Red Devils will be able to get this deal over the line before the start of the next season. So, it will be interesting to see who will be Ten Hag’s midfield reinforcements this summer. 

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