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Frenkie de Jong’s struggles at Barcelona reignite Manchester United links

The summer transfer window has passed and United have ended their shopping spree with the introduction of six new players, including two defenders, two midfielders and a winger and goalkeeper.

When Eric Ten Haag was first appointed, he identified defense and midfield as areas in need of reinforcements given the disastrous 2021-22 season.

A list of objectives has been developed and communicated to the club level. Despite a slow start, there was a flurry of activity at the end of the window, with big-name stars such as Casemiro and Anthony arriving at Old Trafford with record sums.

FDJ is the main target

But the former Real Madrid midfielder is not the Dutch manager’s first choice. He had hoped to find Barcelona playmaker Frenkie de Jong.

The duo worked together at Ajax and the Netherlands boss himself called his compatriot to explain how important he was to his Manchester plans.

Manchester United even agreed a fee with the Catalan giants for De Jong, but in the end, mixed with delayed wages, the player didn’t want to leave his ‘dream club’ meaning the deal didn’t work. never materialized when United signed him. A Brazilian midfielder.

The Dutch international’s decision to stay in La Liga has sparked discontent at the club for financial and sporting reasons.

Spanish editions sports It has been mentioned that the 25-year-old hasn’t yet taken a pay cut like his peers, nor is he being soft.

Many problems that could make FDJ move

The club’s finances dictated his departure, and despite their best efforts to engineer a move to Manchester United or Chelsea, De Jong refused to leave. Moreover, “he was annoyed by the treatment the club received, forcing him to leave the entity”.

Now that the new season has started, De Jong finds himself on the sidelines of Xavi’s plans. He has started just one of his side’s first four La Liga games, with the manager preferring a three-game winning streak from Garvey, Pedri and Sergio Busquets.

Even tactically, “the Dutchman still can’t fully adapt to the midfield automation that Xavi wants. When Sergio Busquets is not there, it is difficult for him to play positional games and even more difficult to play a central role,” the article mentions. to arrive.

Now La Liga president Javier Tebas has come out to explain that Barca will have to cut their wage bill ahead of next season, reigniting rumors of a possible move to Manchester United, which could even take place in January.

“Barcelona must lower the wage bill. Next year there will be no leverage and they will have to lower the salary cap that can match, which will be over 4 million euros. Express.

Casemiro has yet to impress, while Fred has returned to typing, and even a season late, Ten Hag is sure to jump at the chance to sign his number one goal.

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