43 cap target has ‘reservations’ over Old Trafford plans
Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong still unconvinced of a move to Old Trafford this summer, according to transfer insider DeanJones.
The current Barcelona man enjoys playing for current head coach Xavi, who has called the midfielder “genius”, and is uncertain ahead of a potential Premier League move this transfer window.
What’s new on de Jong?
According to Sky Sports, the 43-cap Netherlands international is closing in on a move to United for a fee of around £54m.
The move would reunite De Jong with his former manager at Ajax in Erik ten Hag, and would be the Manchester club’s first signing of the summer transfer window.
According to the same report, the agreement is not yet concluded, but it is certain that it will cross the limits.
However, Jones suggests it won’t be an easy task to get de Jong out of the Nou Camp and into Old Trafford.
What did Jones say about de Jong?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “He’s under a coach who totally understands him, so there are several factors that suit him.
“I think he still has reservations about how this reconstruction will work.
“I’m not sure he wanted to be the first piece of the puzzle that comes along, but you might have to be in order for those other pieces to come next.”
Will Manchester United sign de Jong?
It looks increasingly likely that De Jong will be a Manchester United player when the Premier League season starts in August, which should get Red Devils fans excited.
The 5ft 11 midfielder made 47 appearances for the Catalan giants last season, scoring four goals and providing five assists, according to Transfermarkt.
The Dutchman has been an effective presence in the middle of the park at Camp Nou, ranking in the top 5% of midfielders across Europe’s top five leagues for progressive passes received per 90 minutes (4.74), top 6% for the progressive reaches (7.08), the top 8% for the percentage of successful passes (90.1%), and the top 9% for touches in the opposing penalty area (2.74) according to FBref.
The Dutch international’s performances in La Liga last season earned him an average rating of 7.08 on SofaScore, suggesting he always performed at an excellent level when called upon by Xavi.
Ten Hag will be looking to rebuild the current squad at Old Trafford and De Jong’s arrival at Manchester may just be the first piece of a puzzle the club really need to solve.
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