Manchester United close to agreeing terms with Barcelona over midfielder Frenkie de Jong
Manchester United move closer to deal with Barcelona for midfielder Frenkie de Jong after submitting improved bid of over £60million… as transfer streak looks set to end THIS WEEK
- Manchester United’s initial £60m bid for Frenkie de Jong was deemed too low
- They are now thought to have made an improved offer for the Dutch midfielder
- New United boss Erik ten Hag won the domestic double at Ajax with De Jong
- The manager hopes to bring some of his former players to Old Trafford
Manchester United are nearing an end in their protracted pursuit of Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong and hope to complete the transfer this week.
United are said to have made an improved offer for the midfielder after their initial £60million offer was rejected because Barca did not want to lose a player they signed for £65million from Ajax.
Erik ten Hag’s side would now have made an improved offer for the 25-year-old. Barcelona want at least break even from him.
Frenkie de Jong was initially skeptical about leaving Barcelona but was persuaded by Xavi
De Jong was initially hesitant to leave Barcelona, but has been convinced by managers on both sides of the deal that a move to United would be a good move.
Ten Hag worked with the Dutch midfielder at Ajax from 2017-19, where the pair won the domestic double and reached a semi-final of the Champions League in 2019.
He could be joined by a host of other Ajax stars, with Antony, Lisandro Martinez and Nicolas Tagliafico also linked with moves to Old Trafford.
New United boss Erik ten Hag won the domestic double with de Jong in their time at Ajax
Christian Eriksen is another name closely associated with United, and ten Hag is also looking for a central defender and reserve goalkeeper.
The Red Devils are eager to confirm their first summer transfer after missing Darwin Nunes to Liverpool and seemingly being turned down by Jurrien Timber.
United have already lost Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, but will need to strengthen significantly if they are to improve on their horrendous 2021/2 season.