Revealed: The player Erik ten Hag wants to lead Manchester United project next season

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Revealed: The player Erik ten Hag wants to lead Manchester United project next season

Reports coming out of Spain have credited Manchester United with an interest in FC Barcelona midfielder, Frenkie de Jong.

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De Jong signed for FC Barcelona back in the summer of 2019.

The Spanish powerhouse are understood to have paid around £77m to bring the midfielder to the Camp Nou on the back of a starring campaign, in which he helped Ajax reach the semi-final of the Champions League.

Since his move to Catalonia, though, De Jong has struggled to showcase the abilities that made him such a desirable asset for Barcelona in the first place.

Not all of the blame can be put on De Jong for this, though, with Barcelona as a club experiencing something of a crisis, with La Blaugrana now on their 3rd permanent manager since De Jong joined the club.

Amid all this upheaval, it was claimed back in November of 2021 that Barcelona had put Frenkie de Jong up for sale.

Such speculation had since died down. However, the front cover of Spanish outlet Sport on Saturday claimed that Erik ten Hag wants to bring De Jong to Manchester United to lead the project.

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Barcelona’s midfield

The English copy of the story goes into more detail claiming that, whilst Barcelona’s midfield for next season looks set up with the imminent arrival of Franck Kessie, De Jong’s future is unknown.

They add that Barca have been linked with Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler, who is out of contract in 2023 and, as a result, could come at a reduced price.

So, given La Blaguarna’s recent financial issues, perhaps they would be better served cashing in on De Jong and signing Soler for a fraction of the price.

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