£72m star player told joining Manchester United best for his career
La Liga star player has be’en told that joining Manchester United would be best for his ca’reer.
Frenkie de Jong is subject of str’ong interest from the Red Devils, with The Guardian reporting talks are o’pen with Barcelona over a move, with the Spanish side seeking £72 mi’llion (85 m Euros).
De Jong is not yet convinced, adm’itting his preference is to stay and stick it out with Barcelona. But is that re’ally his best option? Even with Manchester United in a perpetual sta’te of transition, trying something new may be a better alternative than t’he status quo at Barcelona.
De Jong’s future is a big talking poi’nt in his homeland, especially after his dominant display in midfield last we’ek as Netherlands beat Belgium 4-1.
He was discussed on Dutch foo’tball show Today Inside, with journalist and former Eredivisie player Johan Derk’sen suggesting he should join Manchester United.
Derksen said, via FCUpdate: “Ten H’ag knows what his strong points are. That’s where [United] he must come to dev’elop.” A move was backed by ex-international Rene van der Gijp, who to’ld Sportnieuws: “With Busquets and Frenkie, that doesn’t w’ork.”
Separately, Dutch analyst Jan van Halst w’as quoted by Voetball Primeur: “This is the Frenkie de Jong of Ajax, as we kno’w him. “We’ve hardly seen that at Barcelona. If you buy him, put him in th’is position. If you still have Sergio Busquets, then you shouldn’t buy hi’m.”
There was some controversy caused in Bar’celona after De Jong’s comments about his best position last w’eek. AS report De Jong’s statements sparked ‘surprise’, whe’n he said his role in the Dutch side suited him better than the one he perf’orms at Barcelona.
The obvious conclusion being put forw’ard is that Erik ten Hag will know how to use De Jong, after their succe’ssful spell working together at Ajax.
The key is whether De Jong believes th’is, or wants to give it at least an extra 12 months at Barcelona. The Spa’nish side’s financial situation may yet determine his fate, to United’s advanta’ge.