Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is likely to once again face Man United at the 2023 summer market. Especially after seeing the Red Devils lose to Liverpool last weekend. According to many close sources, MU is very keen to add new contracts this summer.
Last summer, De Jong was Man United’s number 1 transfer target. However, after many lengthy negotiations, the Red Devils were unable to convince the Dutch star to join the club. This forced Man United to turn to recruit Casemiro from Real Madrid.
Fabrizio Romano offers Frenkie de Jong transfer update – Football España
De Jong has always been a top target of Man Utd since Erik ten Hag took over.
According to the British press, Man United will return to pursue De Jong in the summer transfer window of 2023 in the context that the team needs a depth of force in the midfield. Meanwhile, De Jong’s future at Barca ʀᴇᴍᴀɪɴs unclear, partly related to the case of Sergio Busquets.
The Spaniard is expected to leave Camp Nou at the end of the 2022/23 season, but it’s all just speculation instead of certainty. According to Romano, De Jong still maintains his view of staying devoted to Barca, and wants to assert his worth at the Catalan giants.
Barcelona news: Busquets’ thoughtful gesture when De Jong signed for Barcelona | FootballTransfers.com
De Jong’s role will change if Busquets leaves this summer.
De Jong’s official position at Barca has long been threatened, but if Busquets leaves, his playing opportunities promise to be wide open. De Jong moved to Barca from Ajax in 2019 for 86 million euros. So far, the 25-year-old midfielder has made 172 appearances for Barca, contributing 15 goals and 19 assists.
In general, in order to raise the ambition to convince De Jong, Man United definitely need to work hard to win tickets to the Champions League next season. The recent League Cup victory is a good sign, but that is not attractive enough. The recent 0-7 defeat to Liverpool once again exposed the limitations of the Red Devils, and such crushing results clearly lose points in the eyes of the stars that the team is looking for.
Currently, Man United is ranked 3rd in the Premier League 2022/23 with 49 points, 4 points more than the 4th ranked team Tottenham and the 5th ranked team Liverpool 7 points. If they do not play carefully in the remaining period, the Red Devils are completely capable of bouncing off the Top 4.
Man United interested in Rabiot.
According to sources from Football Insider, Manchester United may return to the Adrien Rabiot deal, when his contract with Juventus will expire at the end of this season.
Previously, in the summer transfer window of 2022, the French midfielder was one of the top transfer targets of the Red Devils. The two sides even agreed to a fee, but the deal could not be completed and Man United then recruited Casemiro to replace.
Adrien Rabiot ouvre très clairement la porte à la Premier League et ses <span style=’background: gold;’>millions</span> |Juventus-fr.com
Rabiot is an important element of Juventus.
Rabiot will become a free agent next June and he wants to get a huge contract to make money from his free status. Rabiot’s current salary at Juventus is around £145,000 a week and the former PSG player wants to play in the Champions League next season.
Besides Man United, the same city team, Manchester City, is also interested in Adrien Rabiot, as a replacement for Ikay Gundogan. The German player is close to the end of his contract with Man City and Barcelona is said to be speeding up to get his services.
Rabiot’s parent club, Juventus, is facing many difficulties this season. The old lady of Turin was involved in financial scandals and was fined 15 points in Serie A. Juventus is away from the top 4 – 12 points from the Champions League position and almost no chance to enter this top. Meanwhile, both Man United and Man City are having good rankings in the Premier League and are on the verge of participating in the Champions League next season – something Rabiot wants.
Manchester United working to sign Adrien Rabiot from Juventus – The Athletic
Man United contacted the French midfielder again.
Rabiot won seven championships during his spells at Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus. The 27-year-old star was a key factor in helping France win the runner-up at the 2022 World Cup finals. He has been a regular starter for Juventus this season, scoring seven goals and two assists in 29 appearances.