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Man Utd prepare final offensive to sign Frenkie de Jong

Manchester United are preparing a final attempt to persuade Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong to join them this summer, Spanish publication Sport claim.

The Red Devils have agreed an initial fee of £63 million with the Blaugrana for the 25-year-old, but the midfielder has yet to accept personal terms over a transfer.

United have still not given up on him, and they are ready to hold a final round of discussions next week when Barcelona return from their US pre-season tour.

The Red Devils are prepared to match his current wages at Barcelona and they are also willing to pay the arrears (deferred wages) that are owed by the Spanish club.

A fresh meeting will be held in Barcelona regarding the same. Sport still insist that De Jong does not want to join United due to the lack of Champions League football.

He is also not pleased with the club’s operations. With the uncertainty over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future, he does not trust the new project under manager Erik ten Hag.

Ten Hag insistent on reuniting with De Jong

Ten Hag has been leading United’s pursuit to sign De Jong. The Dutch tactician believes the midfielder is the ‘right player‘ to reinvent the club’s midfield next season.

The 52-year-old is not wrong in his judgement, considering United have lacked the presence of a number six that can control the proceedings with the ball at his feet.

De Jong is not necessarily a tough tackling midfielder, but he has superb composure, ball control and distribution, and would be a big upgrade for the Red Devils.

He has not got the chance to express himself at Barcelona where Sergi Busquets has been the deep-lying midfielder. He could play in his preferred role at Old Trafford.

For a number of weeks, we have been hearing that Ten Hag could be pivotal in luring De Jong, having worked together at Ajax. It could still prove a deciding factor.

De Jong has reportedly informed Ten Hag that he does not see himself at Old Trafford, but he may also not want to stay at Barcelona, who are pushing him to leave.

Only a pay-cut of around 40 per cent would see him stay at Barcelona. With his reluctance to accept a salary reduction, United should remain optimistic of luring him.

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