Frenkie de Jong praised Manchester United star's 'beautiful transfer' to Old Trafford

Manchester United are hoping to convince Frenkie de Jong to leave Barcelona to head to Old Trafford.

The Athletic report De Jong needs to be persuaded, with Champions League football his priority. The Guardian report Barcelona are open to selling, for financial reasons.

Erik ten Hag is Manchester United’s trump card, with Manchester United hoping the manager can tempt his former Ajax midfielder to join him in the north west of England.

The other factor is Donny van de Beek, one of De Jong’s former Ajax teammates, who he could be reunited with at Old Trafford. It’s unclear whether this will be a positive or negative factor.

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De Jong praised ‘beautiful transfer’

Two years ago there was huge positivity about Manchester United wrapping up a £35 million deal to sign Donny van de Beek from Ajax. De Jong was one of the cheerleaders.

De Jong was quoted by The Mirror: “I spoke to Donny [Van de Beek] about his transfer. This is a beautiful transfer and we are all very happy for him.

“Did he ask me for advice? No, no, he can think by himself.”

The midfielder’s description of Van de Beek’s move as a ‘beautiful transfer’ shows the respect he has for his teammate and Manchester United, with his Netherlands teammate clinching a switch to a huge club.

What happened next has not been so beautiful. Van de Beek has barely played at all for United, starting four Premier League games for the club in two seasons.

He was sent out on loan to Everton, a spell which was blighted by injury and just about avoided relegation. The very opposite of a ‘beautiful transfer’.

Van de Beek’s troubles could be part of the dilemma causing him to hesitate over a potential switch to Manchester United himself.

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De Jong may look at the situation and worry he too could befall some of the same pitfalls, with his style of play not translating to the Premier League.

What he would have, along with Van de Beek, is a manager who totally believes in him, with Erik ten Hag. Van de Beek did not have this before, and he can expect a second chance.

Van de Beek’s move to Old Trafford can still become a ‘beautiful transfer’ under Ten Hag’s guidance, and especially so if Frenkie de Jong is signed to play alongside him in Manchester United’s midfield.

De Jong just needs to show some courage and make the same move himself. There are no guarantees at United, Van de Beek can testify to that. But the team is crying out for a midfielder who can control games, and De Jong has a chance to become a hero if he buys into United’s revival under his former boss.

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