Frenkie de Jong has lifted the lid on Manchester United’s failed transfer approach for him last summer.
In his first window as United manager, Erik ten Hag was keen on acquiring his former protegee to join him at Old Trafford.
Talks went as far as a deal being agreed between the Red Devils and Barcelona, however, the stalling factor was De Jong’s apprehension to leave the Spanish club. He was adamant about playing Champions League football this season, something that United were unable to offer.
When it was all but confirmed the 26-year-old would be staying, Ten Hag turned his attention towards the highly-decorated Casemiro, who has proven to be a pivotal and irreplaceable cog at the heart of United’s midfield.
De Jong reflects on United interest
When reflecting on the summer transfer window, De Jong told NOS (via Fabrizio Romano): “The club [Barcelona] was in a difficult situation and they could have sold me for a big fee, but I didn’t want to go and stayed. Manchester United spoke with Barca, even though I wanted to stay. I want to be at Barca for as long as I can.”
Numerous reports have suggested that Ten Hag will reignite his pursuit of De Jong in the coming months but cosndiering his latest comments, it looks like he’ll be getting deja vu.