After a disastrous season, Manchester United will undergo a revolution during the next transfer window. With Erik ten Hag, the Red Devils have already found their new coach to replace Ralf Rangnick. And if we are to believe the English and Spanish press, the Dutchman would like to find a certain Frenkie de Jong with him at Old Trafford next season.
The two men have already worked together at Ajax Amsterdam between 2016 and 2019, including the magnificent epic in the Champions League in 2019. De Jong would only be the first in a long series of transfers to Manchester United, especially in the middle of the game where Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard come to the end of their contract while Nemanja Matic is pushed towards the exit.
On the other side, Barcelona, still financially struggling, need to sell players before they can acquire new signings. According to the Spanish media, the Catalans are expected to demand €70-80m from Manchester to let the Dutchman leave. In addition, the resale of De Jong would allow Barça to reduce its payroll with a net contract of 11 million euros, useful to get closer to the requirements of La Liga in this area.
If the Catalan journalist Gerard Romero claims that the transfer is 95% certain to succeed, the Telegraph is more cautious: “United are in negotiations with Barcelona and De Jong’s representatives but an agreement is a long way off at the moment.”
This would be the player who could block the operation. De Jong, who still has a contract until 2026 at Barca, would prefer to continue his stay in Catalonia but if it turns out he has no future at Camp Nou, some sources say he would prefer a club that will play in the Champions League next season, which is not the case with Manchester United. Tipped to become one of the strongmen of Barcelona’s revival under Xavi, De Jong has been publicly praised by his manager in recent weeks. But according to As, he would also have expressed doubts, internally, as to the Dutchman’s leadership capacity.
As also announces that Xavi has already found the ideal replacement for De Jong in the event of departure. It would be the Spaniard Carlos Soler, who shone this season with Valencia. As we say in these cases: case to follow.