But the Catalan outfit don’t want to risk De Jong’s value decreasing any further having paid around £65m for him three years ago. If De Jong does arrive at Old Trafford then he will be linking back up with the manager who helped mould his career at Ajax.
It was under Ten Hag when De Jong began to be a regular in the Ajax side at just 20 years of age. He was utilised in central defence initially, before making the midfield position his own and playing a huge role in Ajax’s sensational run to the Champions League semi-final in 2019.
His performances that year led to interest from Europe’s top clubs with Barcelona winning the race for his signature. But, despite starting 29 La Liga games this season, it appears as though Barcelona are ready to sell the midfielder.