Man Utd encouraged to make one final push from Frenkie de Jong after Antony transfer

Manchester United may have picked up Casemiro from Real Madrid, but Frenkie de Jong remains a dream target for Erik ten Hag. At present, the 25-year-old looks likely to stay at Barcelona. Still, as the player struggles for regular playing time in Catalonia, the Red Devils are encouraged to make one last push for his signature…

Manchester United have spent big this summer, with their £84m deal for Antony set to take his spending past the £220m mark. Apart from the Brazil international, who is due to undergo a medical with the Red Devils on Monday, the club have also signed Casemiro, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia.

United, however, are said to be open to signing another midfielder if the right opportunity arises before Thursday’s 11pm deadline. So, with De Jong barely getting game time at Barcelona, ​​the Red Devils are certainly encouraged to make one last push for the Dutch international – who previously played under Ten Hag at Ajax.

Since the start of the pre-season, the Dutch international has mostly found himself in the cold. Xavi only allowed De Jong 45 minutes in games against Inter Miami, Real Madrid, Juventus, New York Red Bulls and Club Universidad Nacional ahead of the La Liga season.

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The Dutchman had to settle for a place on the bench for those numbers, with a midfield trio of Sergio Busquets, Pedri and Gavi preferred instead. And, since the start of the La Liga season, it’s been a similar story.

De Jong was left on the bench for the games against Rayo Vallecano and Real Valladolid, only being introduced around the hour mark for both matches. And the 84 minutes given to him in their 4-1 win over Real Sociedad was his longest time on the pitch since the Netherlands beat Wales in the Nations League in June.

Barcelona are always going to prioritize their academy graduates, with Pedri and Gavi seen as potential superstars for the future. And with De Jong struggling for regular playing time in a World Cup year, United can be forgiven for pondering a late transfer.

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At United, however, he would be a regular in Ten Hag’s side. De Jong would presumably be deployed alongside Casemiro, thus taking Christian Eriksen’s place in the starting XI.

And Bruno Fernandes would then play further up front in the No.10 position, with the Portugal international starting to return to his blockbuster best.

Speaking ahead of United beat Southampton on Saturday, Ten Hag was asked about the possibility of adding another midfielder to his squad.

Casemiro, Fernandes, Eriksen, James Garner, Donny van de Beek, Fred and Scott McTominay are all currently on the club’s books. But Ten Hag has hinted he is ready to make another signing provided the right opportunity arises.

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“I think when you want to be, I know right now we’re not the best in the world, that’s for sure,” he said. “But the intention must always be that United seek better. So good is not good enough, always go for the best.

And, following United’s 1-0 win over Saints, Ten Hag confirmed the club were ready to act should the right players become available.

“If a good player is available, we will strike. We will be alert until the last second of the window,” he said.

United agreed a whopping £72million global fee for De Jong earlier this summer.

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Man Utd encouraged to make one final push from Frenkie de Jong after Antony transfer

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