We know that Frenkie de Jong is Erik ten Hag’s primary target for Manchester United to sign this summer. We also know that the club has offered a contract to Christian Eriksen, which he has yet to sign.
De Jong is poised to become Ten Hag’s first signing at United, with the clubs getting closer to an agreement. It is understood that the Red Devils will pay an initial fee of £58m, with a further £12m being owed in performance-based bonuses.
United are clearly looking for the best deals in the market because they haven’t money to burn through due to the way the Glazers run the club. That’s why the club never seems aggressive in the transfer market despite not winning the Premier League since 2013. However, you can also find good deals of your own: here is the list of the best Canadian online slots by onlinecasinosfans.com.
However, the Netherlands international has failed to impress at Barcelona, hence why they are keen to cash in on him this summer. Former Netherlands international Rafael van der Vaart spoke recently about why the midfielder performs better for his country than club.
“I will explain to you why Frenkie is so good at the national team, because he’s the only midfielder with these type of qualities here and he does what he wants. At Barca there is Pedri… Gavi… Busquests…and so on. All of a sudden he starts adjusting again,” Van der Vaart said.
The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder went on to urge De Jong to make the move to the Premier League, adding: “That transfer would be ideal. There is a coach who knows exactly what he can and cannot do. If he had to choose today, I would go to United if I were him.
“At Manchester United it will be just like at the national team, being the only one with his type of qualities. I would move to Manchester United if I was him, just do it!
“The Premier League is a heaven for midfielders. Everyone says ‘it’s quick!’ but it only looks like a fast paced game because players lose the ball a lot there. Just look at Bergkamp, you can enjoy yourself there. I enjoyed myself there too.”
Ten Hag will hope that the imminent arrival of De Jong will help persuade Eriksen to move to Old Trafford. The Denmark international previously signaled a preference to remain in London, although that was before Tottenham Hotspur pulled out of the race to re-sign him.
The question is will he really turn down a move to United to stay at Brentford?
Firstly, Eriksen’s return to professional football following a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 has been truly inspiring. He was outstanding after his January move to Brentford and he was often the centre of the positive play under Thomas Frank.
United would be getting an experienced player who is the definition of Premier League proven. This is an elegant playmaker who can play in several positions.
Erikson can add depth and experience to a depleted United dressing room, but he could also replace Juan Mata and not cost a transfer fee. It would be screwed signing for a 30-year-old who is an improvement on some of the players already at the club.
Moreover, the signing of new players will lower the tension among fans, so it would make sense for United to get moving in the transfer window. After our worst season in Premier League history, there’s no way the club can sugarcoat not adding at least 5 players to the squad this summer.
To not have any signings complete before the pre-season tour of Asia and Australia kicks off would be extremely disappointing.