Frenkie de Jong told joining Ten Hag at Manchester United would be best for his career

Frenkie de Jong has been told that joining Manchester United would be best for his career.

The Netherlands international is subject of strong interest from the Red Devils, with The Guardian reporting talks are open with Barcelona over a move, with the Spanish side seeking £72 million (85 m Euros).

De Jong is not yet convinced, admitting his preference is to stay and stick it out with Barcelona.

But is that really his best option? Even with Manchester United in a perpetual state of transition, trying something new may be a better alternative than the status quo at Barcelona.

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Frenkie de Jong told to join United

De Jong’s future is a big talking point in his homeland, especially after his dominant display in midfield last week as Netherlands beat Belgium 4-1.

He was discussed on Dutch football show Today Inside, with journalist and former Eredivisie player Johan Derksen suggesting he should join Manchester United.

Derksen said, via FCUpdate: “Ten Hag knows what his strong points are. That’s where [United] he must come to develop.”

A move was backed by ex-international Rene van der Gijp, who told Sportnieuws: “With Busquets and Frenkie, that doesn’t work.”

Separately, Dutch analyst Jan van Halst was quoted by Voetball Primeur: “This is the Frenkie de Jong of Ajax, as we know him.

“We’ve hardly seen that at Barcelona. If you buy him, put him in this position. If you still have Sergio Busquets, then you shouldn’t buy him.”

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There was some controversy caused in Barcelona after De Jong’s comments about his best position last week.

AS report De Jong’s statements sparked ‘surprise’, when he said his role in the Dutch side suited him better than the one he performs at Barcelona.

The obvious conclusion being put forward is that Erik ten Hag will know how to use De Jong, after their successful spell working together at Ajax.

The key is whether De Jong believes this, or wants to give it at least an extra 12 months at Barcelona. The Spanish side’s financial situation may yet determine his fate, to United’s advantage.

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