Once more on Manchester United’s radar as a potential acquisition, Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is thought to be fascinated by the idea of playing with Casemiro.
Frenkie de Jong, a midfielder for Barcelona, is once again on Manchester United’s radar ahead of the summer transfer season, and Casemiro might be instrumental in persuading him to move to Old Trafford.
Last summer, United and Barca had an initial transfer fee agreement of £56.2 million for the Dutch midfield maestro, but no deal was ultimately reached because the player preferred to stay in the Catalan city, where he is the highest-paid player.
Erik ten Hag, the manager of De Jong’s former club Ajax, believes that the high-flying Red Devils can take advantage of Barca’s precarious financial situation — they need to reduce their wage bill before next season — to pounce on his former star midfielder. De Jong is said to be at the top of United’s six-man shortlist for summer transfers.
Even though Casemiro decided against moving to United, the two clubs maintained a regular line of communication throughout the summer. De Jong even liked an Instagram image showing Casemiro visiting Old Trafford for the first time since joining the team from Real Madrid in August.
According to a recent talkSPORT story, Casemiro’s presence at United would likely be a major factor in persuading De Jong to leave the Camp Nou and reunite with Ten Hag. The two midfield stars have a tremendous deal of respect for one another despite being competitors in several El Clasicos.
De Jong also played both games for the Blaugrana as they were ousted from the Europa League, and the United camp believes that the midfielder’s firsthand exposure to United’s calibre and the positive energy at Old Trafford may have influenced his decision to make a future approach.
United rushed to capture Casemiro after missing out on a bid for De Jong last summer. They had also added central midfielder Christian Eriksen as a free agent. Following an injury to the Danish player, the team has also signed Marcel Sabitzer on loan from Bayern Munich through the end of the current season.
The alternatives for United’s first team squad in the central midfield position before to the current season were Scott McTominay and Fred. Another long-term injury is being experienced by Donny van de Beek.
While Harry Maguire, the club captain, and Alex Telles, who is presently on loan at Sevilla, are all available, Ten Hag is eager to continue reshaping his roster this summer.