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Manchester United Eyeing A Move For This Barcelona Star: What Will He Bring To Old Trafford?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Manchester Evening News mentioned that Manchester United are eyeing a move for Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong. It is understood that the Red Devils are planning to move in for the Dutch midfielder during the summer transfer window.

De Jong’s Decent Numbers In Spanish Football This Season

De Jong is having another impressive season at the Nou Camp where he has continued to produce a run of consistent displays at the heart of Xavi’s midfield. The 25-year-old has been involved in 45 matches for the Catalan giants during this campaign, scoring four goals and grabbing five assists on all fronts.

The Dutch sensation has performed well to average 1.1 tackles, 0.6 interceptions, 0.5 clearances, 0.5 shots, 1.4 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per game in La Liga. He has even been tidy with his ball distribution after making 91.3% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

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Barcelona’s Dutch midfielder Frenkie De Jong goes for the ball during the Spanish League football match between FC Barcelona and RCD Mallorca at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 1, 2022. (Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP) (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)
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What Will De Jong Bring To Manchester United This Summer?

De Jong can get stuck in with some solid tackles when he is playing with confidence on the field and is a tidy distributor of the ball as well. He can sense the danger well and can chip in by making some important interceptions at the centre of the park. The Dutch midfield ace can even create a few clear-cut chances for his teammates in the final third and can also contribute by scoring his fair share of goals from midfield.

A player of de Jong’s skillset and quality will be an excellent addition to Man United‘s squad ahead of the new campaign. He will bring more energy and dynamism to the Mancunian club‘s next manager, Erik ten Haag’s midfield next season.

At 25, de Jong is about to embark upon the prime stage of his playing career and could help the Red Devils close the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of Premier League football. Thus, it makes sense for Man United to engineer a move to bring the Dutch talent to Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens later this year.

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