Erik ten Hag has convinced Frenkie de Jong to join his rebuild at Manchester United.
The Netherlands international has been reluctant to leave Barcelona and move to a club that isn’t going to play Champions League football in the upcoming season.
But the appointment of Ten Hag, De Jong’s former manager at Ajax, has turned the tide in United’s favour. According to the Daily Mail, the 25-year-old has given the green light to joining the Dutch tactician’s revolution, leading to the Premier League giants opening talks with Barcelona.
United have already made an initial offer for the midfielder, but the two clubs are yet to reach an agreement, with the La Liga side understood to be demanding around £65m.
But there’s a growing feeling that a deal can be struck now that De Jong is willing to become a United player in order to reunite with Ten Hag.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils are set to miss out on Darwin Nunez to Liverpool. The Benfica striker has already spoken to Jurgen Klopp and has agreed to join the Merseyside outfit.
As such, once United wrap up De Jong’s transfer, they will need to look for an alternative striker to compete with Cristiano Ronaldo.