Frenkie de Jong is once again on Manchester United’s transfer radar and the Barcelona midfielder is said to be intrigued by the prospect of linking up with Casemiro.
Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is back on Manchester United’s radar ahead of the summer transfer window and Casemiro could play a key role in convincing the player over a move to Old Trafford.
United had an initial transfer fee of £56.2million agreed with Barca last summer to sign the Dutch midfield maestro but ultimately no deal was struck as the player wanted to remain in the Catalan capital, where he is the highest-earning player.
De Jong is said to top United’s six-man shortlist for summer transfers with his former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag believing that the high-flying Red Devils can take advantage of Barca’s precarious financial situation – they need to reduce their wage bill ahead of next season – to pounce for his former star midfielder.
Despite not opting to complete a switch to United, the two clubs were in constant dialogue throughout last summer and De Jong even liked an Instagram post in which Casemiro arrived at Old Trafford for the first time since joining the club from Real Madrid last August.
A report in talkSPORT now highlights that Casemiro’s presence at United would be a huge factor in potentially convincing De Jong to leave the Camp Nou to link up with Ten Hag once more. The two midfield stars were rivals in multiple El Clasicos but hold great admiration for each other.
Furthermore, De Jong played both games for the Blaugrana as they were eliminated from the Europa League and there is a belief in the United camp that the midfielder seeing directly the level of United and the feel-good factor around Old Trafford could help persuade him in a future approach.
Frenkie de Jong impressed for Barcelona in their Europa League defeat to Man Utd
After missing out on a move for De Jong last summer, United moved to sign Casemiro having also added central midfielder Christian Eriksen as a free agent. The club have also added Marcel Sabitzer on loan from Bayern Munich until the end of the campaign following an injury to the Dane.
Scott McTominay and Fred were the existing central midfield options for United but the first-team squad has lacked numbers in the position over recent seasons. Donny van de Beek is also suffering a long-term injury.
Ten Hag is keen to continue restructuring his squad this summer with United open to offers for striker Martial, club captain Harry Maguire and Alex Telles – currently on loan at Sevilla – in the coming window.
The 2 most visible rookies are on their way to Old Trafford
Man Utd is on the right track and has the ability to end the season with many impressive achievements.
In the Premier League, they are still chasing Man City and Arsenal.
In the League Cup, Man Utd just won the championship after defeating Newcastle United 2-0. They also beat West Ham 3-1 to win the right to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
In the Europa League play-off round, the Red Devils overcame strong rivals Barcelona to participate in the round of 16.
However, coach Erik ten Hag admits he still has a lot of work to do. One of them is adding personnel to complete the squad. Specifically, the Dutch military leader determined to bring in a midfielder and a striker. These are the top 2 priorities.
The British press said that Man Utd will return to the Frenkie de Jong deal. The Dutch midfielder is still Man Utd’s number one target.
Jude Bellingham is also considered, but the recruitment of the England international is more difficult because many clubs pursue this player.
In the striker position, according to The Times, Harry Kane soon caught the eye. The fact that Tottenham is continuously empty-handed may make Kane consider leaving the London club.
Victor Osimhen is also a quality option. The price of Kane and Osimhen is not less than 100 million pounds.
More importantly, coach Ten Hag brought in the players he needed. Man Utd’s rookies in the two transfer windows this season have made many contributions. So, just believe that Man Utd will become more complete in the new season.