Man Utd are reportedly very close to reaching an agreement for Frenkie de Jong’s transfer following Erik ten Hag’s talks with the midfielder.
The Premier League giants are in direct negotiations with Barcelona, as they look to finalise their first signing of the summer transfer window ahead of pre-season.
Barca have made De Jong available in the market due to their well-documented financial obstacles at Camp Nou, and are open to part ways with the Netherlands international for around €80m.
However, despite both clubs’ willingness to do the deal, the 25-year-old will have the final say on a potential switch this summer.
According to Spanish outlet Sport (via SportWitness), De Jong ‘could pack his bags’ as Barcelona and United are very close to finding an agreement.
Ten Hag, who managed De Jong at Ajax before he moved to Spain, is ‘convinced of being able to convince’ his former player to be an important part of his rebuild at Old Trafford.
The Dutch midfielder’s reluctance to join a club without Champions League football is an issue, but United haven’t given up.
Further, the opportunity to play under Ten Hag – who got the best out of him – might be too good to turn down for De Jong. He was deployed as a defensive midfielder by Louis van Gaal against Belgium, and after the match he suggested his role for Netherlands suits him more than his current one under Xavi.