Manchester United are near agreeing a take care of Barcelona for midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
Sky Sports activities Information has been informed the golf equipment have a “broad settlement” on the price – believed to be €65m (£56m) plus performance-related add-ons.
Discussions proceed over the finer particulars of the deal and there’s nonetheless work to do however there seems an elevated confidence a deal might be struck.
Private phrases will not be anticipated to be an issue.
The Dutchman made 46 appearances for Barcelona final time period and has 4 years remaining on his present contract on the Nou Camp.
De Jong performed beneath new United boss Erik ten Hag at Ajax and was a part of the squad that accomplished the Eredivisie and KNVB Cup double in the course of the 2018/19 marketing campaign, in addition to reaching the Champions League semi-finals.
Reviews earlier this month recommended signing the 25-year-old was Ten Hag’s precedence on this summer time’s switch window, although progress on the deal was gradual.
His potential arrival at Previous Trafford is well timed, with Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba having departed already this summer time, leaving the membership wanting choices in the course of the park.
If Man Utd are to play the “dominant, dictating” soccer Erik ten Hag needs, their midfield wants an improve. Frenkie de Jong may very well be an answer, writes Sky Sports activities’ Peter Smith.
The trendy midfielder does his greatest work from deep, stepping previous challenges or threading a move by way of the strains to maneuver his crew up the pitch.
He hardly ever offers the ball away. He had a 91 per cent passing price in La Liga final season and, in addition to that metric, additionally eclipsed McTominay and Fred in stats measuring dribble success, contact high quality and the way usually they’re dispossessed.
De Jong will not be the only reply to United’s issues however he would deliver an improve to their central midfield division and unlock a manner of enjoying Ten Hag needs.
What ought to Manchester United do that summer time?
Sky Sports activities’ Jack Wilkinson:
“The place do you begin?
“Restoring Manchester United again to the lofty heights of yesteryear is a activity too nice to be accomplished in a single season, however the fanbase are properly inside their rights to demand progress in direction of that final goal.
“The alternatives for newly-appointed supervisor Erik ten Hag and CEO Richard Arnold to ship simply which might be myriad.
“United can hardly be accused of failing to speculate on the pitch having weighed out greater than £1billion on transfers previously decade, however United rank amongst Europe’s worst when it comes to worth for each pound spent.
“Of their first season collectively, Ten Hag and Arnold should seize the chance to plot a brand new switch technique, execute it efficiently, and take the primary steps in direction of re-establishing the famed partnership which underpinned Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill’s spell collectively.
“On the pitch, the fanbase yearn for a gaggle of gamers they will relate to, a gaggle of gamers they will spend money on emotionally, regardless of outcomes.
“Gamers dropped at the membership should perceive the privilege of pulling on a Manchester United shirt and, crucially, have the power to switch that into performances on the pitch, whereas these already on the membership should be set an ultimatum of demonstrating their understanding.
“Obtain that, and United ought to have the ability to stop the crippling sense of apathy from additional engulfing Previous Trafford, and the membership could have taken its first step again in direction of the highest desk of English and European soccer.”
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