Manchester United’s priority target open to joining Old Trafford this summer 

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Manchester United’s directors reportedly believe that the Barcelona star Frenkie De Jong is now more open to joining the Old Trafford stadium this summer as per the report in Spanish outlet Sport

The Red Devils are trying hard to sign the 25-year-old this summer after their new manager Erik ten Hag is eager to make the Dutchman the face of his rebuild. 

Earlier reports stated that Manchester United are in direct negotiations with Barcelona regarding Frenkie de Jong. And the Blaugrana are happy to cash in on their star man if their asking price is met, due to the club’s financial difficulties. 

The Catalan giants are reportedly asking a fee of around €80 million for the highly-rated midfielder and the record Premier League are happy to meet Barcelona’s price tag. 

Meanwhile, The player will have the final say regarding this deal. He is reportedly keen on staying at Camp Nou and the Netherlands international does not fancy joining the Old Trafford stadium as he prefers to play in the Champions League next season. 

However, Manchester United haven’t given up their hopes yet and Erik ten Hag is trying hard to persuade the Dutchman. Meanwhile, the recent report claims that the Red Devils hierarchy believe Frenkie de Jong is now more open to joining the Old Trafford stadium following the fresh talks between the two parties. 

Neither Barcelona nor Manchester United want to drag this deal long and they want to understand Frenkie de Jong’s stance sooner rather than later. The Blaugrana are desperate to generate some cash from the player sales in order to balance their economic books, while the Red Devils are keen on adding the Dutchman into their midfield to address the problems in their engine room. 

Our View:

Strengthening the midfield should be the priority for Manchester United and signing Frenkie de Jong will be a great acquisition. The midfielder has hinted that he is not happy with his position at Camp Nou and prefers to play where he is deployed by the national coach Louis van Gaal. 

However, the 25-year-old cannot play in his preferred position at Barcelona due to the presence of Sergio Busquets. And he will have to play out of position at Camp Nou if he stays. 

He will be able to play in the midfield pivot role if he decides to join Manchester United. Erik ten Hag knows Frenkie de Jong and the 52-year-old boss can bring the best out of the midfielder. 

Therefore, it will be a wise decision for the 25-year-old to join the Old Trafford stadium. Although Manchester United are currently out of the Champions League, they could straightaway return to Europe’s elite club competition under Ten Hag’s guidance.

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