Following a breakthrough in negotiations, Manchester United anticipates completing its first summer signing next week.
After having productive conversations with Barcelona regarding a deal for Frenkie de Jong, Manchester United hopes to cap off their most remarkable summer ever in one week.
In his most memorable transfer window as United’s manager, Erik ten Hag has made the Netherlands international De Jong his top priority.
When the two were were playing for Ajax, Ten Hag monitored De Jong, and he is eager to reunite with the 25-year-old at the Theater of Dreams.
Manchester United appeared to be about to forego a deal for De Jong after they tried to reach an agreement with Barcelona and had their initial offer for the Dutchman rejected.
Joined’s undertaking was made that a lot harder by the reality De Jong openly said he was glad to remain at Barcelona, where he has burned through three seasons.
Yet, Spanish outlet Sport say Manchester United are presently ‘exceptionally near’ concurring an arrangement with the La Liga goliaths, accepted to be worth £68m.
It is guaranteed that United, who are one of a handful of the Premier League clubs yet to sign any players this summer, hope to finish an arrangement for De Jong one week from now.
While De Jong has said he is more than content at Barca, he has been convinced by Ten Hag to take the action to Manchester.
Joined have given up various midfielders this summer, with any semblance of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata all leaving Old Trafford.
Talking recently, Red Devils legend Gary Pallister encouraged his former club to finish an arrangement for De Jong yet cautioned that Barcelona won’t sell for as little as possible.
‘Barcelona know how frantic United are to get players,’ Pallister said. ‘They will push as far as possible to get anything cash they can and that is the case at whatever point United come thumping.
‘They are as yet considered perhaps of the most extravagant club on the planet. Ideally they can finish that arrangement, de Jong is at the right age, has a lot of involvement, and is the sort of player that can communicate his thoughts at a spot like United.
‘He is utilized to the tension and the spotlight having been at Barcelona so he would positively mark a crate. Midfield has been an area of concern.’