Frenkie de Jong bid: How Erik ten Hag aims to convince Dutchman to join
Manchester United’s first offer for Frenkie de Jong has been submitted, with Marca reporting an offer of £51 million plus £17 million in add-ons is being ‘seriously considered’ by Barcelona.
This is potentially great news, but how exactly are United going to get over the hurdle of De Jong wanting to stay at Barcelona?
Ten Hag key to Frenkie de Jong bid
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is playing an ‘enormous’ role in the transfer efforts and has spoken with the player.
Marca reports: “He has told him that the whole game will revolve around him, being the reference in midfield. His place is assured and with the honours of being the conductor of the new project at Old Trafford.”
This is hopefully going to tempt De Jong into accepting Manchester United’s proposals.
Another key factor would be Barcelona accepting an offer. De Jong has always insisted he wants to stay, until he is told otherwise by the club.
If Barcelona turn around and tell him they have green-lighted Manchester United’s offer, then it will be a clear signal he is considered dispensable by the La Liga club.
De Jong wants to feel important, and he has had to play second fiddle to Sergio Busquets at Barcelona. For now, this is not going to change.
Manchester United’s midfield is a blank canvas which Ten Hag is looking to paint, and De Jong is key to his plans. Having worked with him before at Ajax, he knows exactly how good he is.
Quoted by UEFA.com previously, the United boss said: “He is always calm and always has the solution.
“He scans so well that he always knows how to go forward. You can hardly put him under pressure – that is such a great gift.”
There are still a few steps to go. Barcelona need to accept United’s offer, and may hold out for a second bid, while De Jong has to accept the move. But it appears to be moving closer.