Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag reportedly called Frenkie de Jong in a bid to convince him to dump Barcelona for a move to United.
Man United are obviously going to sign at least one midfielder in the summer to replace Paul Pogba, who is likely to join Juventus next month as a free agent.
Several midfielders including the likes of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, N’golo Kante, Declan Rice, Ruben Neves and De Jong, have all been linked with moves to Old Trafford.
Reports claim Man United’s interest in De Jong is legit but Barcelona are reportedly going to let the Dutchman leave this summer if they receive a reasonable offer for his services.
The former Ajax midfielder could command around about £80million from his suitors, something Manchester United wouldn’t dare to match, given they reportedly have around £150million to spend in the summer.
According to Reshad Rahman, Erik ten Hag has called Frenkie de Jong to try and convince him to join Manchester United, but the Netherlands international’s response was ‘no’.
The same journalist claims that the 26-year-old midfielder snubbed a move to United because he wants to play in the Champions League.
United failed to book their place in the Champions League next season for the first time in the last three years after finishing the 6th, behind the likes of Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who’s been in the competition for the past 20 years and won it five times, decided to remain at United, knowing he wouldn’t be in the UCL next season.
The 37-year-old’s decision signifies that United missing out on a place in the Champions League next season isn’t really going to prevent them from signing their top targets in the summer.