Manchester United have been issued an update on the stance of their summer transfer target Frenkie de Jong.
That is according to Sky Sports Journalist Florian Plettenberg, who claims the saga between De Jong and United “could become one of the biggest transfers this summer.”
Taking to Twitter in what was a direct reply to Fabrizio Romano, Plettenberg said: “De Jong and MUFC. It could become one of the biggest transfers in summer. It’s hot but Xavi is fighting for him internally as reported. He wants to keep him but Barca needs money for players like Lewandowski… Ten Hag wants him for his tactical ideas.”
As per the latest report, Xavi wants to keep De Jong, though Barcelona’s financial situation, amidst their desire to sign players this summer, may spell the end of the 25-year-old’s career with the Blaugrana.
Though, the eight-word statement of “Ten Hag wants him for his tactical ideas” bodes well for United.
The latest update surrounding De Jong’s future is one that can be taken both ways and requires perspective.
On one hand, the Barca boss wants to keep the player and, as Plettenberg stated, “is fighting for him internally.”
But on the other hand, Barcelona need to sell players this summer in order to fulfil their ambition of signing Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, whilst a reunion with former boss ten Hag and a chance for regular minutes in the Premier League may be too tempting to turn down from a player perspective also.
Ten Hag has a deep appreciation for the player and is reportedly calling the Barca star every day in order to secure his key summer target so he will surely love to get a deal over the line.
Nevertheless, supporters will be buzzing with the Dutchman’s efforts to secure the signing of De Jong. After all, he is a mercurial talent, one who has shown extraordinary promise in his career so far.
For Ajax, the midfielder scored five times and registered 13 assists while he’s scored that very number of goals for Barca, and laid on 17 assists in over 100 appearances. Clearly an elite-level midfielder, he’d add a great deal to a stuttering centre of the pitch at Old Trafford.
The 52-year-old has officially commenced duties at Manchester United and seems willing to sacrifice his summer to direct a rebuild at the club he hopes to take back to the very top.
The saga will make for true entertainment, though with Barcelona needing to sell to fuel their own ambitions, you would think that this debacle is heading one way.