Barcelona agree Soler deal, 'dependent on selling United target De Jong'

Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler. AS report this move will only happen if Frenkie de Jong is sold, amid Manchester United interest.

The Spanish newspaper report: “The key to getting the deal over the line will be the departure of Frenkie de Jong. The club have have decided in recent weeks to sell De Jong for an ideal fee of around €70 million. Both Manchester United and Bayern Munich are interested in the Dutch player.”

The fee for Soler is just €20 million, making the two deals a financially appealing one for Barcelona.

Spanish newspaper Sport claimed United would be keen on De Jong, a fortnight ago. Barcelona signed him from Erik ten Hag’s Ajax for £65 million in 2019.

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Ten Hag’s imminent arrival as Manchester United manager makes it logical that the Red Devils are seen as a possible destination for De Jong.

The emergence of Pedri and Gavi at Barcelona means adding Carlos Soler would give them an all Spanish midfield.

Ten Hag was previously quoted talking up De Jong, telling UEFA.com: “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.”

Player decision will be key

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Ten Hag would surely love to have De Jong at United, although currently the rumours are all coming from the Spanish side, suggesting it is indeed Barcelona who may be more interested in this deal than United.

De Jong will have a say on his future too, and he could take some convincing to sign for Manchester United, despite Ten Hag.

Fabrizio Romano last week told  Five: “I’m told he wants to play Champions League football so I’m not sure he’s going to be an easy deal for Manchester United.

“Of course he’s [Ten Hag] a big fan of De Jong and it’s easy to have these great relationships but at the same point Xavi wants to keep the player, Barcelona want to keep him at the club and he wants to play Champions League football, so it’s going to be a very difficult one for Manchester United.”

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