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From Spain: Barcelona Open To Negotiating With Manchester United For Frenkie De Jong Despite Not Receiving An Offer Yet

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From Spain: Barcelona Open To Negotiating With Manchester United For Frenkie De Jong Despite Not Receiving An Offer Yet

While Barcelona have not received any firm and official offers for Frenkie de Jong, the club are still open to negotiating with Manchester United and will study any satisfactory proposals, according to Gabriel Sans.

The 25-year-old midfielder is a sought-after purchase for Erik ten Hag, who used to manage him when the pair were at Ajax between 2017 and 2019.

De Jong departed at the end of those two years and has yet to hit the heights that he found under the current United manager.

This could make a potential move, despite the implications of The Reds being in the Europa League next season, possible.

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United have lost Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic so far this summer. The centre of the pitch is in desperate need of reinforcements, with Scott McTominay, Fred and James Garner the only three viable pivot options.

Manchester United's Scott McTominay and Fred against Neymar of PSG
Manchester United's Scott McTominay and Fred against Neymar of PSG

Reports elsewhere have suggested that the Spanish club are happy to sell Frenkie de Jong for the right price due to financial issues and their reported openness to negotiations shows that this could be the case.

However, Xavi has a good connection with the player and wants him to stay. The Daily Mail have reported that he will only accept a move if Barca can lure Manchester City's Bernardo Silva to the club.

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Yet, the report says that the Spanish club will study any satisfactory proposals from United, that work for both parties involved.

The transfer window will open on the 10th of June and United are well known to be interested in multiple different positions in preparation for next season.

Laurie Whitwell of The Athletic has reported that two midfielders, a centre-back and centre-forward is on the agenda for United over the next months.

De Jong would bolster United's midfield and would suit the style of play that Ten Hag will look to implement, but will need to be persuaded of the project at Old Trafford.

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Barcelona's  Frenkie de Jong in action | Credit: Alamy
Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong in action | Credit: Alamy

With the report stating that United are yet to launch any firm and official offers for the player, you'd assume that this process will take place in the coming weeks, with The Reds' pre-season launching in under three weeks.

United are also interested in Jurrien Timber, another player who has shone under Ten Hag at Ajax.

However, the deal is a complicated one, with the Dutchman wary that a change in scenery could impact his chances of going to the World Cup with Louis van Gaal's side if he's unable to adapt quickly.

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The defender can operate as a centre-back, but also as a right-back. Both are positions that Old Trafford supporters would say need improvements.


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Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Manchester United, Manchester United Transfer News & Rumours, Frenkie De Jong, Barcelona

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