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Frenkie De Jong: Barcelona Respond To Manchester United's Interest In The Dutch Midfielder

Rory O'Callaghan

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Frenkie De Jong: Barcelona Respond To Manchester United's Interest In The Dutch Midfielder

Barcelona sporting director Mateu Alemany says the Catalan club have not yet made a decision over Frenkie de Jong's future, as the midfielder continues to be linked with Manchester United.

Incoming United manager Erik ten Hag worked with De Jong at Ajax and is reportedly keen to reunite with the Netherlands international at Old Trafford.

De Jong has struggled to live up to expectations since joining Barcelona in a £65m move from Ajax in 2019.

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But Alemany says Barcelona have not yet decided if they will look to sell the 25-year-old this summer.

"We have not made any decision regarding the squad," Alemany told Movistar.

"Frenkie is a quality player, he's very important and we will go from situation to situation.

"We are conditioned by financial fair play, conditioned by the situation inherited by the club. We must be patient.

"We are clear that we are going to strengthen the team. It is necessary and we want to opt for the titles next year."

Man City and PSG are also reportedly interested in De Jong (Image: PA)
Man City and PSG are also reportedly interested in De Jong (Image: PA)

Ten Hag has reportedly put De Jong top of his list of summer transfer targets after joining United on a three-year deal, with an option of a further year.

However, United may struggle to sign the former Ajax midfielder without the lure of Champions League football next season.

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be keeping tabs on De Jong, who has scored 13 goals in 139 games for Barcelona.

Barca manager Xavi has said that De Jong is "fundamental" to his plans at the Nou Camp but has admitted he may need to sell such players because of the difficult financial situation at the club.

"I have said many times that Frenkie de Jong is very important. He has almost always been a starter under me and for me he is fundamental," said Xavi.

Ten Hag is reportedly keen to reunite with his former Ajax player (Image: PA)
Ten Hag is reportedly keen to reunite with his former Ajax player (Image: PA)

"Then there is also the financial situation of the club and it will have to be decided. I'm not talking about Frenkie, but in general.

"In a few days we have to know what economic situation we are in to start planning.

"See who we can count on and see on who we cannot count, the economic level marks it for us."

Would De Jong be a good signing for Manchester United? Let us know your thoughts.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Frenkie De Jong, Barcelona, Football, Manchester United, Transfers, Premier League, La Liga

Rory O'Callaghan
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