Little over a week ago, it was announced that Eric ten Hag was going to be Manchester United’s manager. Owing to his connections with Frenkie de Jong in the past, the Dutch manager made acquiring him one of his first priorities.
According to Gerard Romero, de Jong is comfortable at Barcelona. This echoes what the Frenchman himself said not too long ago.
De Jong has been performing well under Xavi Hernandez in the past few weeks, and his manager has been open about his desire to keep him in the Camp Nou.
Romero then added that despite the fact that de Jong wants to stay, United are still interested, and Barcelona believe the Premier League outfit could offer Harry Maguire, Alex Telles, or Marcus Rashford for the Dutchman.
The three players United could propose are interesting for Barcelona. The Catalans do want reinforcements in the striking, left-back and defensive roles, and swapping the three could make Barcelona’s tasks in the transfer market easier.
Despite the relative ease at taking the trio, he added that Barcelona are interested in Scott McTominay and Anthony Elanga.
McTominay is a multifaceted footballer. He can occupy the pivot role, and from a purely defensive standpoint, is reliable. The Scottish international can also play as a central midfielder, and even as a centre-back in a back-three.
As for Elanga, he is best from the wings, however, in United’s youth teams he has been experimented on as a striker.
One can thus estimate that, if Barcelona were to make a swap deal involving both players for de Jong, then the Reds would have to add roughly €25 million or so to make up for the difference in value.
De Jong is, after all, valued at €70 million, and to accept only the two would not be the best of financial decisions that Barcelona can make.
Barcelona do want to keep de Jong, but if it comes to the point at which they have to sell him, then it will be the latter two, rather than the former three, who are picked.