Manchester United linked to Frenkie de Jong, a player Erik ten Hag said 'always has the solution'
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag might just be in luck. It is claimed an opportunity may present itself to sign Frenkie de Jong.
De Jong starred under Ten Hag at Ajax, helping them to reach the Champions League semi-finals, before earning a £65 million move to Barcelona.
Spanish newspaper Sport claim United would be keen to acquire De Jong this summer, and whether they admit it publicly or not, Barcelona would consider a bid.
Pedri and Gavi’s emergence makes De Jong less integral to their future, and he is also viewed as one of the only players who is not homegrown, who Barcelona could sell for a big fee to help their financial problems.
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A perfect fit
Former Manchester United bosses David Moyes and Louis van Gaal will surely look back on regret at failures to sign top La Liga midfielders Thiago Alcantara and Toni Kroos.
United should not let this opportunity to land De Jong pass them by. The midfielder would surely be interested to link back up with Ten Hag, who will have midfield marked as one of the priority areas to upgrade, possibly the most important of all.
Ten Hag is a big fan. Quoted by UEFA.com, the incoming United boss said previously: “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.”
United need a player like this in midfield, a character who can put his foot on the ball and dictate games. This has been missing since Paul Scholes retired.
A fee in the ball park of the £65 million Barcelona would be tempting for the Spanish side, and could be a bargain for the 24-year-old if he has the desired impact at Old Trafford.
De Jong has a 91.4 pass completion rate in La Liga this season, chipping in with three goals and three assists.
The midfielder played alongside Donny van de Beek at Ajax, and he could allow his fellow Dutchman to finally thrive at Manchester United if he joins him. For Van de Beek, the arrival of Ten Hag and De Jong would be a dream scenario.
This would be an ambitious signing for United, and potentially a hugely successful one. De Jong would signify a real change at United, and become a Paul Pogba replacement with a purpose, an unassuming player signed to play under a designed scheme for his manager, not simply buying a big name for the sake of it.