Frenkie de Jong will be a bargain if Manchester United sign him for £55m
Frenkie de Jong will be a bargain if Manchester United signs him for £55m… the Dutch midfielder has had success with Erik ten Hag and his versatility could help rebuild at Old Trafford
- Versatile Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong goes to Manchester United
- He previously worked with new United manager Erik ten Hag at Ajax
- The pair won the domestic double and reached a semi-final of the Champions League
- De Jong will be a loss to Barcelona, who wouldn’t sell him unless they had to
Frenkie de Jong was once sold for just €1, but if he can bring Manchester United back to the elite of English football, it will be impossible to put a price on its true value.
De Jong has been Erik ten Hag’s number 1 target since he arrived at Old Trafford and Sportsmail sources have indicated that a United-Barcelona deal for the Dutch star is ’90 per cent’ complete, with only the finer details yet to be determined. rounded.
There is optimism that the transfer will be completed this week. United will initially pay 55 million pounds to the Spanish club for De Jong, a fee that can rise to almost 70 million pounds.
Versatile Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong goes to Manchester United for £55 million
If Declan Rice is valued at £150 million, De Jong is a steal. The 25-year-old can set the pace of a game in the manner of Luka Modric or Marco Verratti, while also possessing a burst of pace over a short distance, brilliant vision and impeccable touch and awareness.
When the Netherlands defeated England in the Nations League in 2019, De Jong was in charge.
He was a key member of the Ajax squad that reached the Champions League semi-finals under Ten Hag in 2019, before being heartbroken by Tottenham.
Ten Hag could be primed for a reunion with De Jong, one of his key players when the two were at Ajax
De Jong’s close relationship with Ten Hag has indeed been one of the most important factors in his decision and it will probably be no problem to agree on personal terms.
If the circumstances were different, Barcelona would not even consider selling De Jong, a player at the peak of his ability. However, the Catalan giants’ financial situation means they have to sell at least one big name this summer and De Jong is an asset, while Barcelona also have Spanish teenage stars Pedri and Gavi in midfield.
Both are adored by supporters and either were sold, it would make President Joan Laporta hugely unpopular. Despite his quality, De Jong is different. He was bought from Ajax for 65 million pounds and had no previous affinity with Barcelona.
Erik ten Hag dragged Ajax to the Champions League final and won with de Jong. the domestic double
Given the urgent need to make money, it would be considered a decent deal by most if Barcelona could make a small profit on him.
Not that it would be as good as the agreement that Ajax concluded with Willem II in 2015. The clubs negotiated a fee of around £740,000 and could not find a track they were both happy with.
Instead, De Jong moved to Amsterdam for a symbolic €1, with Willem guaranteed a percentage of any future sale. De Jong is a potential star of this winter’s World Cup.
After a dazzling performance in Rotterdam in the Nations League this month, Wales boss Rob Page said De Jong was one of the best his team had seen. He added: “For the fans, let’s hope he plays in the Premier League next season.”