Under contract with FC Barcelona until June 2026, Frenkie de Jong (25) could leave Catalonia this summer, despite his expressed love for the Catalan club. Charmed by the interest of Manchester United, the Batavian was particularly seduced by the speech of his former coach Erik ten Hag. Explanations.
“Courage and perseverance have a magic talisman before which difficulties disappear and obstacles evaporate”. These words are those of John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States. Words which seem, moreover, to resonate perfectly in the mind of Erik ten Hag, new coach of Manchester United. Determined to offer himself Frenkie de Jong (25), FC Barcelona midfielder, the former coach of Ajax Amsterdam is reaching goal today. A long undermining job, very close to paying with his former protege.
“Have I been called? I can’t say anything about it, but I prefer to stay at Barcelona. […] There is no need to worry about it. I want to stay at Barça, the club of my dreams since I was little., said the Dutchman recently. Proud to wear the Barcelona colors, Frenkie de Jong could therefore, despite everything, leave the Blaugranas this summer, at a time when the Catalan management would seriously consider the idea of giving up his metronome in the midfield in order to bail out the coffers. of the club, a not insignificant aspect when we know that the financial situation of Barça. Aware of this more than fragile economic context, Erik ten Hag then redoubled his efforts to convince the former midfielder of Willem II and Ajax to join him.
Erik ten Hag has played all his cards!
Over the weeks, the situation around Frenkie de Jong has thus completely changed! Between the economic needs of Barça, forced to reduce its payroll to strengthen its workforce and the instance of Ten Hag, the native of Arkel gradually turned to Old Trafford. According to information from the Mirror, taken over by SPORT, the player has even already agreed to join the Mancunian club and is simply waiting for an agreement between the two formations. As such, SPORT recently indicated that the Culés and the Red Devils were closer than ever to finding common ground for the Dutch international (42 caps, 1 goal). The Catalan daily specified, in this sense, that the amount of the transfer would be around 80 million euros. To the delight of Ten Hag.
With this in mind, the Spanish daily specifies that the new Manchester United coach has activated all his cards to persuade De Jong. Despite the absence of the Champions League, Ten Hag then insisted on the sporting project he wanted to put in place to return the glory years to Old Trafford. Eager to build this new project around the Dutch international, Ten Hag also reminded him of the Dutch League and Cup double that they won together with Ajax in 2019. Finally, the Batavian coach did not did not hesitate to highlight the Blaugrana’s mismanagement during his various calls with the player, believing that the Culés were not exploiting all the virtues of Frenkie De Jong. Yes, courage and perseverance have a magic talisman before which difficulties disappear and obstacles evaporate…