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Manchester United manager still remains ‘crazy’ to sign Barcelona heavyweight

Despite clearly rejecting Frenkie de Jong last summer and his desire to succeed at Barcelona, ​​Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is still “crazy” over the midfielder’s signing, reports Mundo Deportivo.

It’s no secret that the Ten Hag is currently in an uncertain period regarding his future at Manchester United.

Despite a contract with the English club, recent results and discontent within the squad have sparked rumors that he could leave at the end of the season.

Now, there have been whispers linking him to Bayern Munich as a potential replacement for Thomas Tuchel, although that possibility seems to be fading away.

Interestingly, regardless of this, one of Ten Hag’s main goals is to secure De Jong wherever he goes as he is keen to reunite with the midfielder he previously coached at Ajax.

In fact, Ten Hag admitted they tried to sign De Jong last season, recognizing his value in complementing the likes of Casemiro in midfield to execute his preferred style of play.

Will De Jong move this summer?

As of today, De Jong remains undecided about his future. Despite receiving a contract renewal offer from Barcelona months ago, he has yet to respond.

Erik Ten Hag wants to reunite with Frenkie de Jong. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Barcelona are concerned he could delay his decision, hoping to leave for a lower fee or even a free transfer with a significant signing bonus once his current contract expires in 2026.

Despite being considered a key player by Xavi, there are murmurs within the club’s management that De Jong’s performances this season have fallen short of expectations.

Consequently, if a tempting offer comes, Barcelona may have the idea of ​​parting ways with him, especially as their priority this summer is to secure a midfielder such as Joshua Kimmich, Bernardo Silva or Martin Zubimendi.

This shift in focus could diminish De Jong’s importance in the team, especially given his high salary. All of these factors are taken into consideration as the club navigates future sporting decisions.

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