Manchester United are in for a long summer as it is pretty clear that the club will need to make additions all over the pitch if Erik ten Hag is to have any chance of succeeding at the club. This squad might have a lot of individual talent but have not clicked as a team for a while, not winning a single trophy over the past five seasons, something that would have been unthinkable at Old Trafford during Sir Alex Ferguson’s time in charge.
That is the reality of today though and the club will be hoping that Ten Hag is able to do what the likes of Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal, Ralf Rangnick, David Moyes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could not.
For that to happen, the club will need to back him in the summer transfer window. One player that they are being heavily linked with at the moment is Frenkie de Jong and now, they appear to have made their first move as well.
As tweeted out by Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United made an opening proposal for De Jong of around €60 million plus €10 million in add-ons. Barcelona have turned that offer down but the clubs remain in contact.
Manchester United’s opening offer for De Jong has been turned down by Barcelona
It is believed that Barcelona rate De Jong at a transfer fee around €85 million although one would hope for their to be room for negotiation.
When the Dutchman arrived at Camp Nou, he was expected to go on to establish himself as one of the premier midfielders in the game. That has not happened as his developmental has stagnated during his time at Barcelona.
A move to Manchester United could hand him the chance to work with Ten Hag again though. Under the Dutchman’s management, De Jong had played his best football, at Ajax. It remains to be seen if a reunion happens or not.