There is very little doubt about the fact that Manchester United are interested in signing Frenkie de Jong this summer. Defence has been viewed as an area of weakness for them for a few years already and on top of that, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata left this summer. Thus, it is pretty clear that reinforcements are needed in the middle of the park and the Barcelona star is viewed as the perfect player for Erik ten Hag’s side.
Ten Hag and De Jong have a great history together. The midfielder was a key part of the Ajax side, who reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League a few years back, under the management of the Dutchman.
The transfer saga involving De Jong and Manchester United has dragged on though. While Barcelona seem to be very open to letting the Dutch midfielder leave, it does not look like he is too keen on exiting Camp Nou for Old Trafford.
But Manchester United might potentially wait for him till the very end of the window, as it looks like he is viewed as a very important part of the squad rebuild. As reported by GIVEMESPORT, transfer insider Dean Jones said:
"“I think they would take de Jong even if it came down to deadline day.“I think he’s that important to the way that they map it out that they would allow this to drag on and they’re expecting that it will drag on.“We might even get to the stage where they will begin to look at whether they can take him on loan to give Barcelona time to figure out a way to sort out his wages.”"
Manchester United could be willing to wait for De Jong
The situation involving De Jong is far from ideal as the biggest hurdle looks like convincing the player to join Manchester United. The Red Devils do not have Champions League football to offer and have not challenged for the Premier League in almost a decade now.
Someone like De Jong could be incredible addition to this Manchester United side but it remains to be seen if they are ultimately able to sign. The Dutch star has seemed more open to the idea of a move to Chelsea instead.
There are a lot of conflicting rumours about the matter though and the best course of action might be to wait and see what happens. But at the same time, Manchester United should have their eyes on alternative targets as well.