Manchester United have been pursuing the signing of Frenkie de Jong all summer so far. The Dutch midfielder particularly stood out during his time at Ajax under Erik ten Hag, and the Red Devils seem keen to bring the two together, this time at Old Trafford. Sadly, the transfer saga is dragging on and the club now have to start looking at alternative targets, with only a few weeks left in the window.
It’s safe to say that someone like De Jong would probably be a great signing for the club. But at the same time, the player himself is not believed to want to switch Camp Nou for Old Trafford.
In fact, although staying at Barcelona is seen as his priority, it looks like he would even prefer a move to Chelsea over Manchester United.
As tweeted by Ben Jacobsthere’s a private acceptance at Manchester United that a De Jong transfer won’t happen as long as Chelsea push:
Manchester United dealt a massive blow to De Jong’s transfer
Ten Hag already knows how to get the best out of De Jong. He was a key part of the Ajax side that reached the Champions League semi-finals a few years ago.
So, if Manchester United were able to sign De Jong, he could be the type of player that Ten Hag could end up building his team around. But with a move looking less and less unlikely as the saga drags on, the Red Devils must also keep tabs on other midfielders.
The midfielder is urgently needed for Manchester United at the moment. This has been seen as a weakness in the team for years and this summer they have seen several key players leave in the middle of the park as well, such as Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata.
Thus, Manchester United must sign a midfielder no matter what happens in the De Jong transfer saga.