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Man Utd agree fee with Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong

Manchester United have agreed a transfer fee with Barcelona for midfielder Frenkie de Jong, Spanish journalist Oriol Domenech claims.

The Netherlands international has been earmarked as the prime target for manager Erik ten Hag, having previously worked together at Ajax.

It is now reported that a fee has been finalised between the Blaugrana and United for the Dutchman, though a move is far from happening at the moment.

Ten Hag has made multiple calls to De Jong to try and convince him over a transfer, but the 25-year-old does not want to join United in the upcoming transfer window.

The ball-playing midfielder has responded to his former head coach with a ‘no’. This could be related to the club’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Our view:

De Jong was terrific from the holding midfield role for Ajax in 2018/19 when he was managed by Ten Hag. This earned him his big-money move to the Catalan giants.

He has since struggled to replicate the same consistency, which is probably due to the fact that he has played in central midfield over his preferred position.

Ten Hag could bring the best out of him with a reunion at Old Trafford, but it appears the midfielder is not keen, particularly after United’s dismal league campaign.

The exact fee agreed between the clubs has not been revealed, but it was recently claimed by ESPN that Barcelona were eyeing at least £75 million for his services.

It is unclear whether United have met the fee or negotiated less, but all of this appears in a losing cause, considering De Jong has refused to join them this summer.

This could be a reason behind reviving their long-term interest in Wolves’ Ruben Neves, though the midfielder is also eyeing Champions League football and fancies joining Barcelona.