Man United decide on £63m midfield alternative to Frenkie De Jong

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Manchester United are in the market for at least one new midfielder this summer.

Leading football transfer expert and CaughtOffside columnist Fabrizio Romano recently reported that the Red Devils have opened direct talks with Barcelona to sign midfielder Frenkie De Jong.

Signing the talented former Ajax midfielder will not be an easy deal for new manager Erik Ten Hag to complete though.

De Jong is at a club who are set for another campaign in the Champions League, whereas a seventh-place finish for the Red Devils means they will now spend next season in Europe’s second tier.

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Clearly preferring to ply his trade on Europe’s grandest stage, luring the 25-year-old to Old Trafford is going to take a big effort.

Writing in his latest exclusive column, Romano explained how Ten Hag views his former midfielder and how he plans to build the club’s new era around him.

“Manchester United are working hard to try and sign Frenkie de Jong,” Romano wrote.

“Erik ten Hag considers him more than a great midfielder, almost a “statement” on the part of the club in wanting to start a new era with a player of excellent quality and international level. […] Erik ten Hag who would consider him untouchable in his project.”

Frenkie De Jong is wanted by Manchester United.

However, according to a recent report from GiveMeSport, failure to convince the technically gifted Netherlands international to team back up with his old manager is set to see the Red Devils target Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic instead.

Currently valued at a whopping £63m (Transfermarket), regardless of which midfielder Man United targets, it is obvious the sums involved are going to be hefty.

Milinkovic-Savic has two years left on his deal and following suggestions that Barcelona are demanding over £70m (€85m) for De Jong, the Serbia international could prove to be a decent, but also slightly cheaper alternative.

Which midfielder would you prefer to see at Old Trafford? – Let us know in the comments.

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  1. We are Manchester United, we shouldn’t be begging players to sign for us. Be it dejong or Timber, if they don’t want to come, just move on. I see this Frenkie dejong saga dragging on like the Fabregas drama of a few years ago that was like a soap opera. .

    1. Agree we should never sign a player who doesn’t want to play for the club.
      Get players with heart and legs and let the coach work his magic that will be better than the last few years

  2. My belove man united. Here they go again they will end up not signing any player. Well to me I think Sarvic is better, go all out to get him pls.

  3. I don’t like that way united are running there transfer issues, if any player is proving had to get, just forget him and go for someone else. There are many player out there that are hungry to play football and they won’t cost that much

  4. I thing we have to go for players who able and willing to play for manchester united, but not those who would take us for ransom.

  5. Go for hungry and dedicated options. Forget about those expensive big names. Why spend all that money for one player, while you can use the same to get two options for two different areas of our squard?

  6. I think man utd can go for other midfielder like ruben neves,that guy was fantastic dude.

  7. Generally i m not happy the way man untd analyse their tranfer in this summer we are chasing every player to day and tomorrow their cannot stick their head and focus on sign right players look at nunez look at dejong and other target every day is romour day till de last day of transfer their cannot make any sign and to finish season at 6 or 7 in the table and start mocking our players and managers

  8. Man utd doesn’t have a good record In signing since sir Alex Ferguson retired ……they don’t buy a quality players anymore imagine Paul Pogba was bought with a whooping sum of 89 million with bonuses still he left the club without gaining any money from his sales ……I don’t know why man utd doesn’t move for the right plyers they love buying useless players that cares for his pocket only …..not the one that love and respect the club

  9. As for me let get savic,timber or pau,nune,antony,ndidi orkante we to sign this players before any other club get them and we should give Garner chance at senior level man utd fanz all over*

  10. Man Utd shouldn’t be chasing players who don’t want to play for us. Move on. Also stop chasing marquee prima donna signings who strut and pose but don’t deliver, and won’t work for the team. we’ve done that for years and it’s never worked – Pogba, Martial, Di Maria, Sanchez , Depay to name a few.

  11. UTD is such a big and bigger club for a player like de jong or whatever. We are too big a club to beg such a player to sign for utd. He even forgot so soon that this manager here is the one that brought him up to the standard he is right. So if he isn’t coming, let’s just forget him and sign players that are even willing to play for us.

  12. United need to get players who are hungry and want to play for the club and not necessarily big name signings. Why chase one player an entire transfer window?

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