The tale that is Frenkie de Jong might very well have a new chapter, as the sensation at Barcelona has once again been connected with a move to Old Trafford. Frenkie de Jong has been linked with a move to Old Trafford on multiple occasions. Depending on how they feel about the possibility of a new chapter in the story, the supporters of Manchester United could either view this as something that brings them great joy or a great source of frustration.
There were rumblings as far back as May that the Netherlands international would be a primary target for the Red Devils as they looked to bolster their midfield, and these speculations continued to circulate throughout the entirety of the summer transfer season. The 25-year-old player was said to be meeting up with Erik ten Hag, his previous manager, during the summer transfer window, and this speculation continued throughout the entire period.
Despite supposedly reaching an agreement with the Catalan club for a transfer fee of approximately €85 million (or £75 million), the United management was eventually unable to get a deal to pass muster and seal the transaction. The player’s postponed earnings and the player’s apparent reluctance to leave Camp Nou were both concerns that seemed to be substantial impediments in the way of the swap being made.
As it turned out, the misfortune at Brentford appeared to spark a change in strategy for Ten Hag and company, as the club quickly wrapped up the signing of a more defensive-minded asset in Casemiro, with the Brazilian having joined on a deal worth £70 million from Spain’s other leading side, Real Madrid. Casemiro had joined on a transfer from Real Madrid, which is the other leading side in Spain. As it turned out, the catastrophe that occurred at Brentford was the event that served as the impetus for the apparent change in strategy.
Andy Mitten, a contributor to The Athletic, stated in an article published a month ago that the club is still interested in the 5 foot 11 master. The most recent bit of speculation suggests that the heavyweights in the Premier League would now consider pairing De Jong with the Brazilian in order to get ready for the forthcoming season.
Samuel Luckhurst, a journalist for the Manchester Evening News, made the revelation more recently that Ten Hag is ‘open’ to making another approach for his former Ajax asset throughout the summer. Luckhurst’s report was published in the Manchester Evening News. As a result of the club’s lack of quality depth in the central midfield position, many players, including Christian Eriksen, Fred, Bruno Fernandes, and Casemiro, are forced to carry a disproportionate share of the team’s offensive and defensive responsibilities.
According to one of their teammates, Harry Maguire, United already boasts a “phenomenal” asset in the form of the aforementioned player. The 30-year-old player, who is noted for serving as the “cement” in the side at the base of the midfield, has quickly become something of a cult icon at the Theatre of Dreams. His boss has referred to him as the “cement” in the side. The latter individual is already considered to be a “phenomenal” asset for United.
The experienced colossus has been particularly outstanding due to his ball-winning abilities, as he sits fourth in the division for tackles made. His prowess has made him one of the most impressive players in the division (53). However, he has also left club icon Paul Scholes “amazed” due to his “range of passing,” with the five-time champion of the Champions League noting that he has generated five major opportunities in the premier league this season. In addition to this, he has left Scholes “amazed” owing to his “range of passing.”
To be able to team the composed and cultured powerhouse with the “majestic” physique of De Jong – as complimented by journalist Muhammad Butt – might very well prove to be a match made in heaven, with the Barca ace also offering that unquestionable talent on the ball. This could very well prove to be a match made in heaven.
According to Butt, the “generational genius” ranks in the top 7% in Europe among those in his position for pass completion, and he also helps to initiate attacks from his midfield berth by ranking in the top 14% for progressive passes. Moreover, Butt believes that the “generational genius” ranks in the top 7% in Europe among those in his position for progressive passes. Casemiro also does quite well in the aforementioned category, ranking in the top 17% of all players.
It is possible that De Jong is not the best player to regain possession of the ball given that he is in the bottom 18% of players for the number of tackles he makes. The Brazilian, however, who is in the top five percent of all players in terms of tackles made, can take on that task, allowing the former Willem II player to take on a more creative role as a deep-lying playmaker.
It’s arguable that the Dutchman’s ability to produce piercing, driving runs into the final third is one of his most startling attributes, but either way, it’s impressive. This is shown by the fact that he ranks in the top 13% for dribbles completed, whilst the Red Devils do not currently have such an asset because the aforementioned Eriksen ranks in merely the bottom 21% for that same metric. This demonstrates that he is superior to the Red Devils in this regard. The Red Devils are currently in a position where they do not have a player with these qualifications on their roster.
As a consequence of this, Casemiro may very well provide that solid, tough-tackling foundation in front of the back four, while De Jong may very well provide the capacity to maybe offer a more inventive and probing attacking flair alongside him.
Although very few people are likely to get their hopes up just yet about seeing that combination in United’s midfield during the following season, it has a good chance of turning out to be a pair that is the envy of their Premier League competitors. This is because United has a good chance of turning out to have one of the best midfields in the league with these two players.