According to rumors, Manchester United will try once more in 2024 to capture Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
During Erik ten Hag’s first transfer window as head coach of the Red Devils a little over a year ago, the Netherlands international was extensively linked with a move to Old Trafford.
The midfielder made it very plain on numerous occasions that he did not want to leave Camp Nou, despite the fact that Man United and Barcelona are said to have reached an agreement over a price.
Mason Mount and Sofyan Amrabat were both acquired by the Red Devils over the summer, strengthening their midfield. It is widely anticipated that Amrabat will make a permanent move to Manchester United from Fiorentina in the upcoming season.
However, the team will probably be searching for another high-priced player in that position by 2024, and according to Fichajes, De Jong is still one of the 20-time English champions’ top transfer targets.
De Jong, who has contributed significantly to Barcelona thus far this season with one goal in six games, played 58 minutes in Tuesday’s 5-0 Champions League victory over Royal Antwerp.
The 26-year-old’s contract at Camp Nou has three more years still to run, but he has stated that talks on a renewal are now taking place.
My agreement’s renewal? I’m happy here, but my agency is taking care of it,” the midfielder is quoted by transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano as saying.
Romano believes that De Jong is anxious to remain at Camp Nou, but given the financial difficulties facing the Catalan team, any new contract would almost probably include a wage decrease.
Although a lot may rely on how the Red Devils’ season goes, Man United reportedly still believes they can persuade De Jong to move to Old Trafford.
Ten Hag’s team is now in Germany getting ready for Wednesday’s Champions League encounter with Bayern Munich after losing three of their first five Premier League games of the season.
But Barcelona has won their past five games across all competitions, including their home Champions League debut against Antwerp.
“We’ve started well, I’m happy. We have a very good squad, players with a lot of talent and if we work well and do what we have to do, we can fight for big objectives,” De Jong said after the European success.
The Dutchman has made 189 appearances for Barcelona since arriving from Ajax in the summer of 2019, scoring 16 goals and registering 21 assists in the process.