Frenkie de Jong: Manchester United close to agreeing transfer deal with Barcelona for Dutch midfielder

Frenkie de Jong: Manchester United close to agreeing transfer deal with Barcelona for Dutch midfielder

Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal with Barcelona for midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

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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