In the evolving saga of Manchester United’s midfield ambitions, Frenkie de Jong emerges once again as a focal point of their summer transfer strategy. Despite a previously thwarted attempt to lure him away from Barcelona in 2022, the Dutch midfielder’s current state of disillusionment at the Catalan giant has reignited United’s interest.
Louis Canute, a journalist who is close to De Jong’s entourage, speaking on Onze Tv3, has brought to light De Jong’s growing disenchantment at Barcelona, particularly triggered by the team’s Champions League shortcomings. Canute also mentioned that United, particularly Erik ten Hag, are still interested in Frenkie De Jong.
Despite his substantial £21.17 million annual earnings, making him Barcelona’s top earner, the club’s readiness to entertain offers for him underscores a strategic shift, primarily driven by Financial Fair Play considerations.
Erik ten Hag had previously attempted to orchestrate a reunion with De Jong, whom he managed at Ajax, to no avail. De Jong’s steadfast resolve to remain with Barcelona saw United pivot to Casemiro, whose tenure at Old Trafford has seen highs and lows.
With Casemiro’s performance undergoing scrutiny and the potential departure of Christian Eriksen looming, Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s impending oversight of football operations at United is poised to usher in a new era focused on rejuvenating the squad’s demographics and financial health. This strategic pivot seemingly sidelines the prospect of De Jong’s acquisition in the upcoming transfer window, as the club recalibrates its focus under its new stewardship.