The Red Devils’ determinedly pursued theBarcelona midfielder in the summer, but their efforts repeatedly fell on deaf ears. It was a situation which grew quite embarrassing for a United side who eventually signed Christian Eriksen and £60million midfield ace Casemiro from Real Madrid.
De Jong broke onto the scene while playing under Ten Hag for Ajax, playing a starring role in the Amsterdam side’s run to the Champions League semi-final. However, he is now reportedly interested in playing under the fierce Dutchman once again
times, Barcelona appeared perfectly willing to move the midfielder on to United, but De Jong was less willing due to allegedly being owed around £14m in deferred payments.
Nevertheless, De Jong was determined to remain at the Nou Camp and has appeared in 14 of Barcelona’s 15 La Liga matches this season. When pushed about being linked with United and Chelsea in the summer, De Jong made it abundantly clear that he was not swayed by any advances.
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