Frenkie de Jong is close to becoming Erik ten Hag’s first signing as Manchester United manager; “Broad agreement” on fee – believed to be €65m (£56m) plus performance-related add-ons; 25-year-old midfielder made 46 appearances for Barcelona during the 2021/22 campaign
Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal with Barcelona for midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
Sky Sports News has been told the clubs have a “broad agreement” on the fee – believed to be €65m (£56m) plus performance-related add-ons.
Discussions continue over the finer details of the deal and there is still work to do but there appears an increased confidence a deal can be struck.
Personal terms are not expected to be a problem.
The Dutchman made 46 appearances for Barcelona last term and has four years remaining on his current contract at the Nou Camp.
De Jong played under new United boss Erik ten Hag at Ajax and was part of the squad that completed the Eredivisie and KNVB Cup double during the 2018/19 campaign, as well as reaching the Champions League semi-finals.
Reports earlier this month suggested signing the 25-year-old was Ten Hag’s priority in this summer’s transfer window, though progress on the deal was slow.
His potential arrival at Old Trafford is timely, with Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba having departed already this summer, leaving the club short of options in the middle of the park.
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