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Man Utd handed boost in signing Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong

Manchester United have been handed a boost in signing midfielder Frenkie de Jong with Barcelona having put him up for sale this summer.

The Red Devils are eyeing a new defensive midfielder and they have been regularly linked with the Netherlands international in recent weeks.

AS now reports that Barcelona have decided to place De Jong in the transfer market after getting the go-ahead from manager Xavi Hernandez.

Manchester United and Bayern Munich are mentioned as the main admirers of the former Ajax graduate, who is valued at €70 million.

Valencia’s Carlos Soler has been tipped to replace the Dutchman at Camp Nou. It is claimed that a deal worth €20m has already been agreed.

Our view:

A new defensive midfielder should be United’s main priority for the summer transfer window with Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba heading for the exit door.

A number of Premier League stars including James Ward-Prowse and Yves Bissouma have been linked, but a move for De Jong could be a realistic prospect.

De Jong built his reputation at Ajax under Erik ten Hag. He was a key player from the holding midfield role in their run to the Champions League semi-final in 2019.

Bayern have the edge over United with Champions League qualification, but the chance of a reunion with Ten Hag could lure him to Old Trafford this summer.

It has been claimed that De Jong only sees himself playing under Ten Hag if he were to leave Camp Nou. If United are interested, the final decision could rest upon the incoming boss.

De Jong is strong with his technical attributes. The Dutchman has excellent ball control, and has completed 91.4 per cent of his passes in the Spanish top-flight this campaign.

However, he is not a tough tackler and mostly relies on his concentration. If United are looking at the former aspect, Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni would be a better choice.

On the other hand, Ward-Prowse would be a solid acquisition if Ten Hag wants more creativity. The England star has registered 10 goals and eight assists this term.

In comparison, De Jong has never been a regular goal contributor. He has not scored more than three goals in a league campaign since graduating in the Ajax setup.

Judging by United’s defensive woes, Tchouameni would be ideal, but it won’t be a surprise if Ten Hag requests the signing of De Jong, who is well versed with his style of play.

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