Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has indicated that he might be staying on the Nou Camp subsequent season.
The midfielder is a goal for Manchester United with Erik ten Hag eager to rekindle their Ajax relationship. The pair have a robust bond after serving to the Dutch giants to inside seconds of the 2019 Champions League last previous to De Jong’s exit six months later.
Ten Hag is predicted to provide a squad overhaul this summer season, with midfield recruitment excessive on the precedence checklist. The 52-year-old will begin his tenure at United with restricted sources within the centre of the park when Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Paul Pogba all go away subsequent month.
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United are mentioned to be after a domineering midfielder with the likes of Ruben Neves, Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice being touted for potential strikes. However De Jong’s rapport with Ten Hag is regarded as a decisive consider his hunt for brand spanking new personnel. The Manchester Night Information reported earlier this month that the Reds had been weighing up a possible £75m transfer.
Barcelona have had an underwhelming season having had a disastrous begin to the marketing campaign earlier than being eradicated in each the Champions League and the Europa League. In the long run, they managed to salvage a second place La Liga end underneath Xavi.
Nonetheless, De Jong is aware of that the paying followers count on far more from their facet. And in an Instagram publish addressing this, he appeared to trace that he was staying in Spain subsequent season.
On Tuesday, he wrote: “It has been a disappointing season for us. We couldn’t achieve the goals we set at the beginning.
“But I want to thank the fans for their support this year. We will work hard to do better next season.”
This may occasionally come as an early blow for Ten Hag, however the Dutchman nonetheless has loads of time to recruit different targets. His ears might have been perked by Neves’ feedback after Wolves’ 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, during which he solid doubt over his Molineux future.