Frenkie de Jong to Man Utd: Barcelona star embarrassed Vinicius and Modric in 2019

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

The Daily Mail reported on Friday that United are in talks over a £65m deal that would reunite De Jong with former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.

De Jong, 25, has even given the green light to join Ten Hag at Old Trafford, apparently.

So if United and Barcelona can reach an agreement over the fee then the transfer may well actually happen.

And given Barcelona’s financial instability, leaving the La Liga giants needing to sell, it shouldn’t be too difficult for that to happen.

Frenkie de Jong is wanted by Man United
BARCELONA, SPAIN – APRIL 03: Frenkie de Jong of FC Barcelona runs with the ball during the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on April 03, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

De Jong x Ten Hag reunion?

De Jong is a supreme talent who hasn’t yet reached his peak, and his signing would be a significant step in Ten Hag’s plans to revolutionise the club.

Young, hungry and talented, the Barcelona star is exactly what the Red Devils need to get out of their current slump.

Ten Hag helped develop De Jong into the player he is today at Amsterdam, where the midfielder’s fine performances in 2018/19 introduced him to the world.

Frenkie de Jong is wanted by Man United
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – APRIL 10: Rodrigo Bentancur of Juventus challenges Frenkie de Jong of Amsterdam during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Ajax and Juventus at Johan Cruyff Arena on April 10, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

De Jong embarrassed Vinicius Jr. and Modric

Ajax reached the semi-finals of the Champions League that year. Along the way included memorable wins over Real Madrid and Juventus.

And De Jong would go viral after showing he belonged on the biggest stages at the Santiago Bernabeu.

In one moment from Ajax’s memorable 4-1 win against Real, De Jong embarrassed Vinicius Jr. and Luka Modric with a fine moment of movement and control.

Pure art.

What has Ten Hag said about De Jong?

There’s no doubt Man United fans will be all over YouTube compilations of De Jong if the rumours continue to pick up steam.

Reuniting Ten Hag with a player who understands his style would no doubt accelerate the speed at which the new United boss can get his players playing the way he wants.

And it would be interesting to see whether Ten Hag can improve the midfielder even further.

“He is a wanderer, an adventurer, he’s always on the move, like a shark,” Ten Hag told Oranje Blog in 2019. 

“With the ball, often, but also without the ball. So if you put him on 6, he’s away too often.

“But you need to give him freedom, otherwise you can’t the best out of him.”

DE JONG Agrees To UNITED Deal! | The Football Terrace

1 of 20
Cristiano Ronaldo re-joined Man United in 2021

Before signing for Man United, Ronaldo was believed to be close to joining which team?

News Now - Sport News