Manchester United are allegedly set to rekindle their interest in Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong after a failed summer chase of the playmaker. The Dutchman settled in at the Nou Camp before the season began, but he is alleged to have changed his mind.
United are thriving right now, with their late comeback against West Ham in the FA Cup fifth round keeping the club’s faint chances of winning the quadruple alive. The Red Devils are now considered one of the favorites to win both that competition and the Europa League.
Yet Erik ten Hag has downplayed the possibility of winning all four trophies this season, especially given that his club is 11 points behind table toppers Arsenal, who are already trailing Manchester City.
The Old Trafford club, on the other hand, might be regarded as a major candidate for next season if they are able to bring in a slew of new signings to help their advancement. According to talkSPORT, the Red Devils will make another bid to capture De Jong this summer, with Ten Hag eager to reunite with the former Ajax player.
According to the same report, the 25-year-old originally refused to leave Barcelona but is now ‘open’ to joining United. De Jong is hungry to play Champions League football therefore the club being in the top four will prove essential in discussions as it ‘excites him’.
The prospect of playing with Casemiro is also claimed to have changed the player’s mind about moving to the Premier League. De Jong is ‘interested’ in playing with the Brazil international next season, who has been one of United’s most prominent players since his summer move from Real Madrid.
Barca was previously keen to move De Jong due to rising financial issues, and their stance is not expected to have changed since the midfielder is allegedly one of the club’s highest-paid players and his sale would be a huge step in the right direction on their books.
Ten Hag was sure that the Dutch international will reconsider his transfer decision after his team knocked Barcelona out of the Europa League in two legs (winning 4-3 on aggregate). Following the excellent atmosphere at Old Trafford when the two clubs met in the second leg, the manager hoped that the ‘feel-good factor’ would be persuasive.