Frenkie de Jong has been linked with a move to Manchester United for months now and it is not hard to see why. Firstly, the Red Devils need ton strengthen in the middle of the park. It has been viewed as an area of weakness for years and on top of that, the club saw the likes of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic walk out as free agents this summer.
Secondly, Erik ten Hag is the new manager of Manchester United. And under his management, De Jong played the best football of his career during Ajax’s run to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League a few years back. Thus, it is very natural that the Dutch boss might be interested in a reunion with his former star midfielder.
But it has been one of the most confusing transfer sagas in a long time. While rumours in Spain have suggested that Manchester United and Barcelona have an agreement over the transfer fee, De Jong seems to be prioritising staying at Camp Nou.
There seems to be a twist in the tale though. As reported by The Sun, Manchester United are convinced that De Jong is committed to a move to Old Trafford. But it looks like the problem remains an issue over unpaid wages.
De Jong to Manchester United saga takes another twist
It remains to be seen what the future holds for De Jong. Interestingly, Chelsea have been linked with a move for him as well but do not appear to be as keen as Manchester United are.
He could prove to be a great signing for Manchester United. Despite his inconsistent form over the past few years, Ten Hag is a manager who knows how to get the best out of De Jong.
On paper, a De Jong move to Manchester United from Barcelona this summer, makes sense for all parties involved.