After being crowned champion of the Netherlands with Ajax Amsterdam, Erik ten Hag is already preparing his arrival on the Manchester United bench. Recently appointed head of the Mancunian formation, the Dutch technician intends to revive the Red Devils, orphans of the slightest title for five years. To do this, the Batavian has also decided to take matters into their own hands in a first burning issue: the arrival of Frenkie de Jong at Old Trafford.
Pushed towards the exit at FC Barcelona, Frenkie de Jong (25) gets closer every day a little more to a departure or more precisely to an arrival at Manchester United. Under contract until 2025, the former Ajax Amsterdam, frustrated by his season, was not necessarily inclined to leave Catalonia. But the Barcelonians seem determined to make him leave, they who have set his price at 70 million euros. Put on the market, despite Xavi Hernández’s desire to keep the Dutch midfielder as reported AS in its edition of the day and as confirmed by the Catalan coach at a press conference this Saturday.
Xavi is resisting!
“For me, he is a very important player. He was a starter almost always, except when he shot. He is a fundamental footballer, but there is also the economic situation of the club. Not with Frenkie, I say that in general. He’s a player I really like, but we’ll see how the situation is.”. In any case, De Jong risks bringing big money to the Culés. Coveted by Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus Turin or Manchester City, the Dutchman would however have given his preference to Manchester United as relayed recently Cadena SER.
Gerard Romero, a well-informed journalist on Barça, even indicated that Frenkie de Jong could be transferred to Manchester United this summer and that the operation should be concluded around 80 million euros. A trend that is confirmed this Saturday. According to Manchester Evening News, Erik ten Hag himself decided to take matters into his own hands so as not to be surprised by the competition. Thus, the future coach of the Red Devils has already contacted Ali Dursun, the representative of De Jong, to know the intentions of the player and also to inform him that he would like to have him again under his orders.
Bayern Munich remain on the lookout for Frenkie de Jong!
Determined to convince his former protege, the Dutch coach has also warned of his desire to place him at the heart of the Mancunian project and thus allow him to regain some of the sensations he has lost in recent years within the Catalan club. Referring to his position under Ten Hag during his time at Ajax, Frenkie de Jong continues, for the time being, to trust the Blaugranas. Aware of the confidence placed in him by Xavi, the Dutchman is also considering joining a team that will not play in the Champions League next season.
For its part, Barça, in economic difficulty and eager to change its face in the next financial year, is not closed to the idea of a departure and would be ready to sell De Jong if a proposal of 90 to 100 million euros was coming. A large sum which does not seem to cool Mancunian spirits since the British media specifies that the board of Man U is preparing, at the request of its next coach, an offer which could reach up to 80 million euros. What to convince the Blaugranas? Nothing is less certain, especially since the Bayern Munich of a certain Julian Nagelsmann is also on the lookout to afford the Dutch nugget. The match promises to be tight and the arguments put forward will have a certain weight in the final decision of the Barcelona midfielder. If Frenkie de Jong leaves, SPORT indicates for his part that the Catalan leaders will activate the Carlos Soler track with whom an agreement has already been reached.