Everything seems to indicate that Frenkie de Jong will leave Barcelona this summer to head for the Premier League, where he will play for Manchester United if negotiations finally lead to an agreement. The Dutchman is one of the most valuable players in the Barcelona squad and the board see it as an opportunity to bring in a good amount of money.
In addition to the financial needs of the Catalan club, the level of the former Ajax player in his three seasons at Camp Nou has been marked by his irregularity. Despite being a starter under Valverde, Setien, Koeman and Xavi, his memorable performances on the pitch in the 'Cule' jersey have been few.
De Jong's departure to Old Trafford seemed unlikely at first. Especially because of the huge investment made by the club to sign him, although the latest reports claim that the deal is practically closed between the Spanish and the English, who have put a total of 65 million euros on the table.
But we should not ignore the information brought to light by 'The Sun' in the last few hours. The British media reported that Barça wanted Harry Maguire, the English centre-back, as a swap deal, a seemingly surprising move after the level shown by the defender this past season.
However, this option was rejected by Manchester United because manager Erik ten Hag is counting on the Englishman for the new season. The Dutch manager recently took the captaincy from him and handed it to David de Gea, one of the team's best performers in 21-22.
At 29, Maguire is in his third season as a Red Devil after leaving Leicester, where he emerged as a strong and solid centre-back, albeit always under criticism for his inconsistency at times. He has already made 144 appearances for Old Trafford and the defender faces the 22-33 season with the challenge of putting a poor season in terms of performance behind him.
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