Manchester United seem set to finally get their main target, as a deal for Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong draws near.
That’s according to Sky Sports journalist Florian Plettenburg, who tweeted the following on Wednesday: “Ten Hag wanted him, he will get him! De Jong is on verge to join MUFC!
“Been told that de Jong could be presented at the weekend. But that’s not 100% safe now. There are plans to present him in the stadium.”
In what seems to have dragged on for months, United finally will look to get their main man and hopefully the missing piece to the puzzle that is their midfield.
Forcing Barcelona’s hand due to their significant financial muscle, the Red Devils will sign a player who is often lauded by pundits and managers alike for his abilities.
Only three weeks ago former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was quoted stating that “Frenkie de Jong does bring an extra quality, of course. That is why he is also worth 112 million.”
Not only that, but Rafael van der Vaart also stated “This is Frenkie de Jong. Frenkie is a different level.”
Supporters of United have been patient for the club to begin their transfer business, and with an average SofaScore rating of 7.08 last season in La Liga, they have plenty to be excited about in what could be their first signing of the summer.
His underlying numbers also show him to be an outstanding performer, as his stats on FBref show a sea of green positive attributes. He sits in the 94th percentile for progressive carries and the 92nd percentile for pass completion per 90.
As a central midfielder, his willingness to attack and be creative whilst also averaging 12.11 pressures per 90 means he will dominate the midfield, and facilitate not only Bruno Fernandes but any other midfielders that United might sign.
The Old Trafford faithful can finally relax and rejoice in the knowledge that they appear to be tying up the deal for their main target. He is sure to get supporters out of their seats, and marks the first of what will likely be many forays into the market for Erik ten Hag.