Frenkie de Jong was urged to leave 'sinking ship' Barcelona earlier this year

Manchester United fans are eagerly waiting for new developments over midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

The midfielder has reportedly changed his stance and is ‘no longer’ opposed to a move away from Barcelona, Spanish newspaper Sport report.

While this might seem like a quick U-turn for De Jong to make after professing his desire to stay just last month, the option of leaving Barcelona has previously been a talking point in his homeland.

The 2021/22 campaign was a tough one for Barcelona, who went trophyless, a rarity by their high standards.

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‘Sinking ship’

Former Dutch footballer Jan van Halst told Voetball Nieuws earlier this year that he felt De Jong had to get out of Barcelona for his own sake.

He said: “It is a sinking ship. He also has to leave there. You are three years later before things are in order.”

Former Dutch striker Marco van Basten also urged him to consider it, although said he should pick carefully, commenting: “He has to be careful and choose a club where he does play.”

De Jong will have no issues over game time at Manchester United, where the club are low on midfielders, in terms of quantity, and quality.

Marca reports that manager Erik ten Hag has already guaranteed De Jong he will be a regular starter, claiming: “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.”

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Barcelona might take issue with the criticism likening them to a sinking ship, they hired Xavi as manager earlier this year, and he has begun a rebuild. There were some positive signs, like the 4-0 win over Real Madrid, but also a lot of inconsistency, with plenty of work ahead.

The big question, is whether Frenkie de Jong is more of an asset to Barcelona if he stays, or goes. His departure would provide the club with funds to bring in new signings, and alleviate some financial pressure.

So De Jong has to decide whether to play what could end up being a peripheral part in Barcelona’s rebuild, or a central one in Manchester United’s. There are no shortcuts, but with Erik ten Hag as his manager, it might just be a little bit comforting for the midfielder at Old Trafford.

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