Manchester United are in talks to sign Frenkie De Jong from Barcelona.
According to Fabrizio Romano, a leading transfer specialist and columnist for CaughtOffside, the Red Devils are trying to make Erik Ten Hag their first major signing.
Although there is still much work to be done before Ten Hag can be reunited with De Jong, the Premier League giant’s chase could be aided by the availability of the midfielder’s favorite number.
According to the Evening Standard, De Jong told Voetbal International in 2019: “I feel comfortable with that figure.”
“I could easily play with another number, it’s not an issue, but it’s good because it also allows people to recognize me.”
“With the exception of my grandfather Hans de Jong, my father’s father, I accompanied my entire family to my presentation in Barcelona.” He passed away on my 21st birthday. Unconsciously, it is also a form of homage. He was a die-hard football lover.”
Following Edinson Cavani’s departure from the club earlier this month (ManUtd), the Red Devils’ number 21 shirt is now available for purchase, which could influence De Jong’s decision to join Ten Hag’s Man United rebuild.
Since joining Barcelona from Ajax in 2019, De Jong has played in 139 matches across all competitions, directly contributing to 30 goals. He has four years left on his contract at the Nou Camp.
Given his achievements in Europe’s top leagues, it goes without saying that if United are successful in luring the 25-year-old to Old Trafford, they will have recruited one of the continent’s top prospects.
Manchester United have opened direct talks with Barça for Frenkie de Jong. Price tag around €85m, waiting for opening bid. 🚨 #MUFC
De Jong is still not convinced to leave Barça and he wants UCL football – Man Utd will try to push again as Barça need to solve financial issues. pic.twitter.com/jT18D37sPK
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 1, 2022