Manchester United are edging closer to agreeing terms with Barcelona for midfielder Frenkie de Jong after submitting an improved bid over £60m… as transfer saga looks set to end THIS WEEK
- Manchester United’s initial £60m offer for Frenkie de Jong was deemed too low
- They are now thought to have made an improved bid for the Dutch midfielder
- New United boss Erik ten Hag won the domestic double with De Jong at Ajax
- The manager is hoping to bring a number of his former players to Old Trafford
United are thought to have made an improved bid for the midfielder after their initial offer of £60m was turned down as Barca did not want to make a loss on a player they had signed for £65m from Ajax.
Erik ten Hag‘s side is thought to have now made an improved offer for the 25-year-old. Barcelona want to at least break even on him.
Frenkie de Jong was initially sceptical about leaving Barcelona but was persuaded by Xavi
De Jong was initially reluctant to leave Barcelona, but has been persuaded by managers at both ends of the deal that joining United would be a good move.
Ten Hag worked with the Dutch midfielder at Ajax from 2017-19, where the pair won the domestic double and reached a Champions League semi final in 2019.
He could be joined by a host of other Ajax stars, with Antony, Lisandro Martinez and Nicolas Tagliafico also linked with moves to Old Trafford.
New United boss Erik ten Hag won the domestic double with de Jong in their time at Ajax
Christian Eriksen is another name closely linked with United, and ten Hag is also looking to sign a centre back and backup goalkeeper.
The Red Devils will be keen to confirm their first summer transfer after missing out on Darwin Nunes to Liverpool and seemingly being snubbed by Jurrien Timber.
Having already lost Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, United will need to strengthen considerably if they are to improve on their dire 2021/2 season.