Manchester United have ‘accelerated talks’ for Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong

By Ben Brown

Published: June 3, 2022 2:46 p.m.

Last update: June 3, 2022 2:50 p.m.

Manchester United are stepping up their push to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong in the coming weeks, according to reports.

New boss Erik ten Hag has made De Jong one of his main targets this summer, and Barcelona may be forced to sell as they look to generate funds.

It’s unclear whether De Jong is convinced moving to a club without Champions League football, with the 24-year-old repeatedly noting his happiness at Camp Nou.

However, that won’t stop the Red Devils from trying, with TalkSport claiming the Old Trafford side have ‘accelerated’ their push to sign the midfielder.

De Jong has struggled at times at Camp Nou since leaving Ajax in 2019, but has always been a mainstay in the Catalan club’s midfield, racking up 30 La Liga appearances this season alone, and having turned red and blue a total of 138 times to date.

Should a move materialize, it would reunite the midfielder with new boss Erik ten Hag, under whom the 24-year-old made a name for himself at Ajax.

(L) Frenkie de Jong of Ajax, Ajax coach Erik ten Hag during the Florida Cup 2019 match between Ajax Amsterdam and Sao Paulo FC at Orlando City Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Orlando, United States (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

It would also add massively to the quality of the Red Devils midfield, with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic now gone on free transfers, leaving only Fred and Scott McTominay as midfield options.

Should he join he would be a brilliant acquisition but the United hierarchy must shun hope that he will fix everything, a mistake they made with Paul Pogba.

Other midfield additions would still be needed, including a full-fledged defensive midfielder.

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