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Man Utd handed chance to seal £85m double swoop from Barcelona

Manchester United have the opportunity to secure a double swoop from Barcelona as the Spanish club look to cash in on Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay this summer.

The Red Devils are known to have agreed a transfer fee with the Blaugrana for De Jong, but the proposed move has been held up with the 25-year-old yet to agree to personal terms.

The Netherlands star is reportedly said to be reluctant to leave the Catalans until his deferred wages are paid, but there have also been suggestions that he does not like a switch to Old Trafford.

Despite this, United have not given up on signing him on the continued insistence of manager Erik ten Hag. The Dutch tactician has been in regular contact with his former Ajax midfielder.

United have now been handed a potential boost from Sport, who reveal that Barcelona want to part ways with both De Jong and Depay to recoup funds in the region of €100 million (£85m).

The Red Devils are still optimistic of landing De Jong this summer, but the hierarchy could also be tempted by the chance of re-signing Depay, who would be a quality addition to the squad.

The 28-year-old had a forgettable first stint with United where he barely impressed, but has transformed his career ever since. He is nowadays more of a striker than a traditional left winger.

The Dutchman has had a solid track record for club and country over the past few years, and would provide United with competition for places in two positions without a huge outlay required.

United obviously have an eye on Ajax’s Antony, who is valued at around €70m (£60m), but Depay would be available for significantly less and may not command a huge weekly salary too.

Ten Hag is also not averse to working with experienced attackers. We have seen the likes of Dusan Tadic and Sebastien Haller prosper under him, and Depay could have a similar impact.

Depay may also bring the best out of him at United under Ten Hag. He may want to redeem himself after looking out of depth during his first spell at the club where he was touted for big things.

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