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Frenkie de Jong transfer latest: Ten Hag ‘convinced’ he can tempt Barcelona star to Man Utd as clubs near deal

Erik ten Hag greeting Frenkie de Jong

Manchester United have almost reached an agreement with Barcelona to sign Frenkie de Jong, whom Erik ten Hag feels he can convince too, according to reports.

De Jong is Manchester United’s main midfield target for the summer transfer window. They are losing Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard in midfield. Therefore, they need to find a quality reinforcement to provide balance alongside Fred and Scott McTominay.

After working together at Ajax, Ten Hag has been hoping for a reunion with De Jong. There has been some growing optimism about the chances of Manchester United tempting Barcelona into a sale.

And now, Diario Sport have been reporting that United are close to reaching an agreement with De Jong’s current club. They will likely have to fork out a figure in the region of €80million (£68.32m).

That may be meaningless, though, if De Jong does not want to join them. There have been doubts over his willingness to sign for a club who will not be competing in the Champions League next season.

However, Mundo Deportivo claim Ten Hag is “convinced” that he will in turn be able to persuade his compatriot to join up with him in Manchester.

That said, their report acknowledges competition from Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain – all of whom won their respective leagues in 2021-22.

Ten Hag may have his work cut out then. But his previous relationship with De Jong could play into United’s hands.

What’s more, reports have claimed Donny van de Beek will have a future back at Man Utd too after his loan spell with Everton. Therefore, there could be another Ajax reunion in Ten Hag’s midfield.

In De Jong’s case, Sport say that Man Utd are getting the impression the target is listening to them more. There has been contact with his representatives.

Man Utd need Frenkie de Jong conclusion soon

Still, his preference is to remain with Barcelona, where he is under contract until 2026. However, if they need to balance the books with a big sale, he could be someone they try to sacrifice.

In turn, Ten Hag and United would be hoping to benefit.

Manchester United in direct talks with Frenkie De Jong

Manchester United in direct talks with Frenkie De Jong

Manchester United have hope with signing Frenkie De Jong from Barcelona but Champions League is a massive factor

Either way, a decision is expected to arrive soon. According to Sport, Barcelona and United would like to reach a conclusion this week if possible; after all, they would prefer to avoid a drawn-out saga.

It seems sensible for all parties to arrive at a decision as quickly as possible. Ten Hag’s appreciation of De Jong is clear, but it would not be a good look for Man Utd if they spent all summer trying and failing to convince him.

On the other hand, if they can wrap up his signing early, it would be something of a statement of intent.

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