Manchester United Manager Erik ten Hag Pursues Frenkie de Jong


Manchester United Manager’s Interest in Frenkie de Jong

Manchester United‘s coach, Erik ten Hag, continues to show keen interest in securing Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, reports Mundo Deportivo. Despite a failed attempt in 2022, ten Hag remains determined to bring his former Ajax star to Old Trafford.

A Persistent Pursuit

In 2022, United had agreed on a substantial fee for De Jong, but negotiations fell through as the midfielder opted to stay with Barcelona. However, with De Jong’s contract expiring in 2026, Barcelona may reconsider offers this summer, sparking ten Hag’s renewed interest.

Ten Hag’s Admiration For De Jong

Ten Hag has openly expressed admiration for De Jong’s abilities, believing he would have significantly bolstered United‘s midfield alongside Casemiro. Despite the previous setback, ten Hag remains ‘crazy’ about the idea of having Frankie in his squad and intends to prompt United to make a fresh proposal.

Financial Hurdles and Wage Demands

However, United faces financial constraints that may hinder their pursuit. With concerns over breaching financial regulations and maintaining wage structures, a move for De Jong could prove challenging. His current wage demands far exceed those of United‘s highest earners, complicating negotiations further.

Additionally, there’s uncertainty regarding De Jong’s willingness to leave Barcelona and join United. The club’s co-owner aims to trim the wage bill, casting doubt on sanctioning a move for the midfielder. Amidst these challenges, United risks facing another prolonged transfer saga if Frankie remains reluctant to make the switch.

The Road Ahead for Frankie de Jong

Despite the obstacles, ten Hag remains determined to secure De Jong’s signature for Manchester United. Whether the club can overcome financial hurdles and persuade the midfielder to join remains to be seen.


Manchester United’s pursuit of Frenkie de Jong underscores the club’s ambition to strengthen its midfield. However, financial constraints and uncertainties surrounding De Jong’s willingness to leave Barcelona present significant challenges in securing his signature.

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