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Transfer Gossip: Man Utd sent teasing Frenkie de Jong message as Jorge Mendes swap deal green light sees third Prem club enter running; Leeds close on £22m signing

Frenkie de Jong, Barcelona midfielder, warming up for LaLiga match v Celta Vigo at Nou Camp

Manchester United have been given renewed belief Frenkie de Jong will leave Barcelona – though a third Premier League side is now reportedly leading the charge, Leeds are closing on a £22m striker signing, while Saturday’s Transfer Gossip claims a former Chelsea star is closing on a surprise move to Fulham.

FRENKIE DE JONG HOPES STILL ALIVE FOR MAN UTD

Manchester United are refusing to give up on the Frenkie de Jong saga, having come this far and now believing more than ever that Barcelona have to sell.

The long-running transfer saga has dominated headlines all summer long. United boss Erik ten Hag has locked on to De Jong to restore control and poise to his Red Devils midfield. But finalising his signing has proved far tougher than anyone associated with United ever imagined. For obvious reasons, the whole sorry affair is causing all at United serious frustration and bewilderment.

Agreeing a fee was tough enough, though eventually that was struck for a deal, with add-ons, for around £71.5m.

However, convincing De Jong to quit Barcelona has proven an altogether difficult chore. And it seems the midfielder’s deferred £14.4m (€17m) wages arrangement with Barcelona is largely to blame.

However, Barca’s hopes of keeping the star are fading fast. To that end, the Daily Mirror reports how the LaLiga giants remain unable to register a number of their new signings until they balance the books. As a result, Barcelona simply need to raise funds and sell De Jong.

As a result, Barcelona want the saga wrapped up by the end of next week at the latest. And that has instilled a belief at Old Trafford that the player will be on the move and that they retain a good chance of signing him.

United, of course, are not alone in their pursuit for De Jong, with Chelsea’s interest in the Netherlands midfielder also well know.

Surprise Frenkie de Jong swap deal reports

Incredibly, a third club club could yet burst out of nowhere for De Jong.

And according to the Mirror, the player could yet find himself signing for Manchester City.

A move to the Etihad would surely sting Manchester United even harder than were he to move to Chelsea.

But the paper suggests that is a growing possibility with agent Jorge Mendes looking to orchestrate a swap deal.

Could a potential Frenkie De Jong transfer hold the key to Manchester United's centre-back partnership this season?

Would missing out on the signing of Frenkie de Jong for Manchester United mean a different centre-back partnership will be formed than the one Erik ten Hag wants judging from pre-season?

That would see Bernardo Silva and De Jong trade places, with the Portuguese playmaker seemingly keen to move.

He has been linked with Barca throughout the summer and a swap deal could be one way to make that happen.

Silva has also been linked with PSG and has 48 goals from 251 appearances for City since signing from Monaco in 2017.

LEEDS NEARING ARNAUD KALIMUENDO SIGNING

Leeds United are hopefult of pushing through the £22m signing of Arnaud Kalimuendo next week, per a report.

The Whites have spent heavily this summer, bringing in seven new players. Four of those – Rasmus Kristensen, Marc Roca, Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson – are expected to debut against Wolves on Saturday.

But Leeds still remain light in the striker department. That was a position they were exposed in last season with Patrick Bamford only playing in a total of 560 Premier League minutes.

Arnaud Kalimuendo at the PSG vs Strasbourg match in Parc des Princes in Paris,

As such, Leeds have long been on trail of Kalimuendo.

Indeed, their interest in him was first reported in mid-June – and now they look finally ready to pounce.

As per The Sun, PSG sporting director Luis Campos has given Leeds United permission to seal the deal.

He will cost the Whites a fee of £22m – slightly higher than originally expected.

PSG coach Chrisophe Galtier would like to keep the player having been impressed by him in pre season. But Campos will have the final say with PSG top-heavy with forward players.

Any deal, however, could see PSG insert a buy-back clause into any deal with Jesse Marsch’s side.

FULHAM STEP UP PLANS TO BRING WILLIAN BACK TO PREMIER LEAGUE

Former Chelsea winger Willian is closing on a return to west London – with Premier League rivals Fulham.

The winger starred for the Blues for seven seasons, scoring 63 times in 339 appearances.

However, it’s all been downhill since, with a one-year stint at Arsenal failing to bear fruit. In fact, he has described his time at Emirates Stadium as his worst experience in professional football. As such, it was little surprise to see Mikel Arteta quickly offloaded him to his first club Corinthians.

Willian representing Corinthians during March 2022

That deal still has 16 months left to run, but the 33-year-old has failed to rediscover his best form back in Brazil.

Indeed, the player has just one goal in 44 appearances at the Neo Quimica Arena.

A report on Friday suggested a return to Fulham could be on the cards due to a release clause in his deal. That grants him the chance to make a return to Europe if a club makes clear their intentions.

And now the Daily Mail claims the Cottagers are stepping up talks over a potential deal with an agreement nearing.

Boss Marco Silva wants a replacement for Fabio Carvalho, who departed for Liverpool, and Willian is seen as the man to fill that void.