The lowdown: Dutch connection
Following the official announcement from the club that Erik ten Hag would be the man in the Old Trafford hot seat from next season, Sport ran a report claiming that the current Ajax manager was eyeing a reunion with De Jong.
There could now be a reunion on the horizon in Manchester, as Barca have reportedly named their price for De Jong…
The latest: De Jong a ‘wanted’ man
As per AS, United and Bayern Munich are named as the two main protagonists in the pursuit of the 24-year-old.
The report claims that De Jong is ‘mainly wanted’ by the two European giants as the Catalan club put their star ‘up for sale’ for €70m (£58m).
It is also stated that other Premier League clubs have ‘tested’ the situation surrounding the 40-cap Netherlands ace.
The verdict: Value for money
As a matter of course, Ten Hag will need to strengthen the midfield in order to regain poise at United, with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic both preparing to leave at the end of the season.
Possessing a variety of impressive attributes including very strong dribbling and passing skills (WhoScored), the talented Dutchman stacks up stylistically alongside star midfielder such as Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Luka Modric when using the detailed FB Ref comparison tool.
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So far this season, De Jong has scored four times and registered five assists in 44 appearances across all competitions, and signing him would be a superb place to start for any Old Trafford rebuild under Ten Hag this summer.
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