Man Utd set to splash out £200m in their bid to completely transform their midfield next summer.
Manchester United are ready to splash out nearly £200million in their bid to completely transform their midfield next summer.
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is reportedly planning a near £200million double deal to bring Jude Bellingham and Frenkie de Jong to Old Trafford next summer.
The Old Trafford chief is expected to be heavily backed in the summer as he looks to make the Red Devils Premier League title contenders again.
And, according to The Sun, the Dutchman is determined that United are part of the conversation when it comes to bringing England star Bellingham back to his homeland from Borussia Dortmund.
Also, having failed repeatedly to sign de Jong from Barcelona when he took over at Old Trafford in July, Ten Hag will once more try to persuade his fellow countryman to head to the Premier League.
The United boss has already spent almost £230m in his bid to revamp the Red Devils squad. Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen, Antony, Tyrell Malacia and Casemiro all arrived last summer.
Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos and PSV winger Cody Gapko top Ten Hag’s list of January targets. Indeed, United are looking to offset the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo.
United eye team-changing double deal
But it’s next summer where United are looking to do the majority of the business.
The Red Devils will have a tough task getting Bellingham on board, however, given Liverpool’s interest.
Anfield has always been viewed as Bellingham’s likeliest destination, with Jurgen Klopp a huge fan of the midfielder’s talents.
Real Madrid are also in the running for the 19-year-old, who excelled for England at the World Cup, and is valued at £130m.
As for De Jong, it’s likely to take upwards of £60m to land the Netherlands star.
the £17m in wages De Jong claims is still owed to him by Barca. Indeed, that was the main reason when he never joined United last summer.
If United do land one of Ramos or Gakpo in January and then Bellingham and De Jong next summer, they will surely become the contenders Ten Hag is desperate for them to be again.