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Manchester United close in on Frenkie de Jong

Manchester United are close to completing a deal to bring FC Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong to Old Trafford as Erik Ten Hag’s first summer signing.

What’s the latest?

According to GOAL, a breakthrough has been made in the negotiations between the two clubs, with a compromise reached.

Despite only being rated at £54m, Barcelona initially wanted a fee close to £86m, but could now be willing to accept a deal worth £69m.

It would see The Red Devils enter the market for the first time this summer and begin the rebuild under new manager Ten Hag.

The former Ajax coach worked with de Jong during his time in Amsterdam, so it’s not surprising that he wants to re-sign him.

He’s a big upgrade on Fred

Perhaps the biggest area of concern for United heading into next season is the midfield. Several players in this area have departed this summer following the expiry of their contracts with the club deciding not to renew many.

Unless they make additions, United will once again have to rely on the duo of Scott Mctominay and Fred. Whilst neither of these players are bad, the club need to be aiming for better if they are to bring back the glory days.

De Jong would represent that upgrade and could operate in a similar role to Fred but provide more quality.

Is Frenkie de Jong an upgrade on Fred?

Yes

Yes

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When you compare him to his positional peers in Europe’s top five leagues over the past year, he ranks in the top 8% for passes under pressure, so he has the composure required to succeed at the highest level.

He’s been labelled a “genius” by his current manager and Barcelona legend Xavi.

The Dutchman also shows his attacking qualities by ranking in the top 5% for carries into the final third, proving he is the complete midfielder the club need.

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Fred hardly compares, he made 74 progressive carries last season which was outmatched by de Jong’s 199.

If United can secure his signature then it would represent a real coup, showing that despite not qualifying for the Champions League, they and their new manager have a unique pull that other clubs would struggle to match if they were in the same position.

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