Manchester United ‘make first bid for Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong’
Manchester United ‘make its first offer for Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong worth £51million guaranteed and another £17million in add-ons’, with Erik ten Hag telling his former Ajax player his new side will revolve around him
- Barcelona would like to sell the Dutchman this summer to raise money
- Erik ten Hag wants to refresh the midfield of Manchester United this summer
- Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic have already announced their departure
Manchester United have reportedly made their first offer for Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong as they look to rebuild their team under Erik ten Hag this summer.
De Jong, known at Ten Hag for their joint Ajax days, would be one of the players that Barcelona wants to let go this summer with a view to bringing in new faces.
According to marcaManchester United have made their first move in a bid to push the midfielder away from Barcelona.
After playing under him at Ajax, the Dutch star is reportedly at the top of Erik ten Hag’s transfer list
Manchester United have reportedly offered the Spanish giants £51million plus £17million worth of potential add-ons, an offer the Catalans are said to be considering.
Ten Hag has reportedly spoken to his former player about his role in United’s line-up, with the Dutchman assuring his compatriot that he will be the figurehead in midfield as the play runs through him.
Ten Hag wants to rebuild Manchester United’s midfield this summer after a number of departures, including Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic.
Frenkie de Jong was an important part of the Ajax team that reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019
The Spanish publication notes that during his international service with the Netherlands, De Jong said he was more comfortable with the Dutch style of play than in Barcelona.
The exact details of this are unclear, but it has been suggested that De Jong’s favored position to play in the deeper midfield is blocked by Barcelona’s stalwart Sergio Busquets.
It has been suggested that United would offer a style of play more suited to De Jong’s preference than his current club.
Despite his reported statement about his preferred style of play, De Jong has been on the map since the end of the season, saying his preferred option would be to stay with Barcelona.
Barcelona want to rebuild their squad under manager Xavi Hernandez (center)
“I’d rather stay at Barcelona,” De Jong told ESPN.
“Barcelona is just my dream club. Also from an early age. I just said it too. I have never regretted my choice despite hoping for more in terms of prices than I have achieved so far. But I’ve never regretted my choice.’
However, Barcelona’s financial situation and their desire to bring in players, namely Robert Lewandowski, means they have to pay players for their inflated wage bill.
In May it was already reported that Barcelona only considered six players as unsaleable, with De Jong not belonging to that select group.
The Dutchman has officially said he wants to stay with Barcelona this summer
De Jong, who according to Marca has a contract worth around £34million, is considered one of those players Barcelona see as expendable in exchange for capital to invest elsewhere.
The money Barcelona would receive for De Jong would allow them to enter the market for other goals with names such as Lewandowski and Leeds United’s Raphinha.
Barcelona’s financial situation means such offers should be considered, with their balance sheets still a major concern for the club. They are still hampered by the one-to-four rule, which means they can only spend one million for every four they save.