Dutch legend urges De Jong to complete Man Utd switch as he doesn’t belong at Barcelona

Former Tottenham player, Rafael van der Vaart, has urged Dutch midfielder, Frenkie de Jong to swap Barcelona for Manchester United.

De Jong has been identified as one of Erik ten Hag’s top priorities this summer as he seeks to turn things around for the Red Devils.


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After finishing sixth in the Premier League last season, a slew of players have been linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Several Ajax players – who Ten Hag managed until the end of 2021/22 – are said to be on the Dutchman’s radar, including Antony, Jurrien Timber and Lisandro Martinez.

And several factors matter for De Jong to become one of the top targets for the Old Trafford club; like Barcelona’s financial situation, United’s desire and need to sign a new central midfielderand the player’s relationship with Ten Hag having worked together at Ajax.

Unfortunately for the Premier League outfit, their fondness hasn’t been reciprocated, with De Jong looking to stay at Barca despite their apparent desire to offload him so they can raise funds.

Despite this, and numerous reports suggesting he will reject any lead from United, a report on Friday said the 25-year-old is now open to joining.

A move to Old Trafford has been backed by former Netherlands international Van der Vaart, who believes De Jong is ‘out of place at Barcelona’ and can thrive in England, stressing the importance of reuniting with Ten Hag.

“It is of course the most ideal,” said Van der Vaart Ziggo Sports (Going through Manchester Evening News). “Then you have a coach who knows exactly what you can and can’t do.

“And United still need some quality.”

On what De Jong would bring to United, the former Spurs attacking midfielder added: “There are players who can do the same and maybe be better than you or have done more.

“As long as these other players are there, he has no place at Barcelona. At United he could play more like with the Dutch national team. So he is the only one of his kind.

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