Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United moving closer, club 'increasingly confident' of deal

Frenkie de Jong’s transfer to Manchester United is moving closer, report The Athletic.

The outlet report De Jong has given a ‘private indication’ that a transfer to Old Trafford appeals to him.

This conflicts with his public declarations of preferring a stay at Barcelona, the club he joined from Ajax in 2019.

Talksport report Manchester United are ‘increasingly confident’ a deal will be done for the midfielder.

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De Jong transfer moving closer

Manchester United have pursued Frenkie de Jong as the club’s top transfer target this summer.

The Athletic report that the only aspect holding up a move is agreeing a fee with Barcelona, rather than De Jong resisting a move.

Spanish newspaper Marca reported this week that Manchester United have submitted an offer worth a total of £68 million, split into installments.

Marca also report that Barcelona are likely going to have to accept the deal, which is too good for them to refuse. De Jong would be their most expensive ever sale after Neymar.

Manchester United’s midfield is in desperate need of reinforcements, and De Jong would become a regular starter.

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Marca claim United boss Erik ten Hag has promised De Jong that he will be a key player at Old Trafford and that he will build the team around him.

Former Dutch international Rafael van der Vaart has said he is in favour of De Jong making the move, as he will have a more prominent role at Old Trafford.

He told Ajax Showtime: “That [a transfer] would be ideal. There is a coach who knows exactly what he can and cannot do.

“Manchester United also need some quality. He will be the only one of his kind at United.

“If he had to choose today, I would go to United if I were him.”

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