Barcelona 'set £58m asking price for Frenkie de Jong' as Man United target is given green light to leave this summer, with Xavi unconvinced by Dutchman's 'leadership'
- Barcelona have set a £58million asking price on star midfielder Frenkie de Jong
- Manchester United are reportedly keen to sign Dutchman de Jong this summer
- The 24-year-old midfielder worked with Erik Ten Hag during his time at Ajax
De Jong, who joined Barcelona from Ajax for £64million in 2019, has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford following the news of Erik ten Hag's appointment.
The 24-year-old played under the Dutch manager during his time at Ajax, where ten Hag developed the midfielder and helped him attract interest from Barca among other elite clubs, following a string superb displays during the 2018-19 season.
Manchester United have received a major boost in their bid to sign midfielder Frenkie de Jong
Barcelona have reportedly set a £58million asking price on the Dutch midfielder this summer
The Catalan giants boss Xavi is said to be a huge admirer of the midfielder, but the cash-strapped Spaniards must balance the books and de Jong could be one of the players that is up for sale, according to AS.
The report also claims de Jong is viewed as a player of value, but one that Xavi is unconvinced has the leadership to take this new Barcelona generation of players forward.
Barcelona are also said to have agreed a £16million deal for Valencia ace Carlos Soler, but they must clear some room in the squad in order to complete the transfer.
The Catalan giants boss Xavi is said to be a huge admirer, but is unconvinced by his leadership
Barcelona are also said to have agreed a £16million deal for Valencia ace Carlos Soler
De Jong has been a regular in the Barcelona team this season, making 42 appearances across all competitions - with four goals and five assists.
But it is now believed he could be shifted out in order for Xavi to continue his squad rebuild, especially given United would be prepared to stump up the cash, given the pre-agreement to also sign Franck Kessie from AC Milan.
Incoming boss ten Hag has identified United’s midfield as an area of urgent investment and De Jong would love to work with his former manager again, though his preference remains to succeed in Spain.
United are looking set to lose Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic on free transfers this summer, leaving them very light in that position.
Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have also shown an interest in his signature.
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