Manchester United Closing In On Stunning €80 Million Move For Barcelona Star Frenkie De Jong
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The Netherlands international has been earmarked a top target by incoming United boss Erik ten Hag, who wants him to lead his new project at Old Trafford.
De Jong worked under Ten Hag at Ajax and developed into one of the best midfielders in the world in the 2018/19 season, when the Amsterdam outfit knocked out both Real Madrid and Juventus in a sensational run to the Champions League semi-finals.
And according to journalist Gerard Romero, the pair look set to be reunited again. With Barca struggling financially, it’s said that De Jong's departure to United is "95% confirmed".
☎️ NOTICIA @jijantesfc— Gerard Romero (@gerardromero) May 11, 2022
Antes del final de liga y con un 95% de probabilidades, Frenkie De Jong va a ser traspasado al Manchester United. Es un tema económico puro y duro. El Barça necesita vender un jugador que en el club no ha sido top
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Manchester United have a deal in place to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong this summer. Barca need (at least one major) sales before incomings this summer. Would see De Jong reunited with Erik ten Hag. https://t.co/DDFX4Zy02Q— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) May 11, 2022
Gerard Romero says it’s 95% confirmed that Barça will receive around €80M for Frenkie de Jong, who will join Manchester United.— TalkFCB © (@talkfcb_) May 11, 2022
Meanwhile, Frenkie de Jong is very close to joining Erik ten Hag at Manchester United, as per @gerardromero.— 𝐀𝐅𝐂 𝐀𝐉𝐀𝐗 💎 (@TheEuropeanLad) May 11, 2022
That’s absolutely INSANE NEWS and in my opinion the most perfect signing they could possible make. pic.twitter.com/sOIqwUFmFE
There had been a surprise suggestion that Barca were expecting to be offered a player as part of a swap deal for De Jong - with under-fire skipper Harry Maguire, Alex Telles and Marcus Rashford some of the names mentioned.
But it appears to be a straight-cash transfer which is on the cards and a monumental one to usher in a new era at United.
De Jong signed for Barcelona in a €75 million move to Barca in 2019 and has gone on to play 139 times for the Blaugrana.
“The quality of your players decide how you will play, and with what system," Ten Hag said on his use of De Jong back in 2019.
"We had to find a way to make Frenkie function in the best possible way. You saw his incredible talent, but where do we have to use him to get the best out of him and his talent?
“Eventually I decided to play with two ‘number 6’ players on the pitch. Once I did this you saw how much better he became on the pitch, and how much better he made the whole team play and especially the attackers.”