Manchester United are reportedly still interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong ahead of the upcoming summer transfer window.
The Red Devils were heavily linked with a move for the Dutchman during the previous summer transfer window and had even agreed an €85m (£74m) deal with Barcelona to sign him, which ultimately didn’t happen.
Now that the next summer transfer period is on the way, the midfielder has once again found himself mentioned with a move to Old Trafford.
According to a recent report from Spanish media outlet Sport (via Sport Witness), Erik ten Hag still has De Jong as one of his preferred transfer targets and would be willing to try and land a deal for him this time around.
During his time at Ajax, the midfielder made 135 appearances for the Dutch club across their senior and youth sides, 59 of which came under Ten Hag, scoring 13 goals and providing 24 assists along the way.
Then in the 2019 January transfer window, Barcelona struck a deal with Ajax to sign De Jong in the following summer for a fee of £65m.
Since then, the 25-year-old has made 174 appearances for the Spanish giants, finding the net 15 times and delivering 19 assists in the process.
This season has seen the Netherlands international play more minutes in La Liga than any other outfield player at Barcelona, showing how important he is for Xavi’s side.
Should Man United try and sign Frenkie de Jong again?
Described as a “superstar” by journalist Arjun Pradeep, De Jong has made more progressive passes (166) and interceptions (29) than any other Barcelona player in La Liga this season, highlighting how effective he is on and off the ball.
With Ten Hag previously sharing his praise for the Barcelona star, it’s clear that he is a big fan of the player and would love to have him at Old Trafford.
Despite him recently playing down the possibility of him joining United this summer, we feel that the Spanish club’s financial issues could open a pathway for the Red Devils to launch another move for the midfielder and potentially land his signature.