New United manager Erik Ten Hag continues to go after current Barcelona midfielder, Frenkie De Jong.
Meanwhile, Man City are willing to let Bernardo Silva leave in order to outbid Manchester United in the transfer market this summer.
The Dutch international midfielder has been heavily linked with a summer transfer to Manchester United, where he would reconnect with former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag.
De Jong shone at Ajax under the tutelage of new United manager Erik ten Hag.
According to rumours in the Catalan press, United have identified De Jong as a transfer target.
Ten Hag is reportedly seeking to persuade his former star to join him in the Premier League.
While it is thought that a transfer move is not as close as Barcelona claims, Ten Hag and United are interested in discussing the possibilities.
At Old Trafford, the two would be reunited with Donny van de Beek, who played with De Jong in Ajax’s midfield.
Ten Hag’s desire to rebuild United’s team is well-known, and what better way to start than by bringing in De Jong?
He’s already discovered the player’s best form, which he’s used to his advantage.
Ten Hag has never concealed his respect for De Jong’s skills, telling UEFA.com:
“He is always composed and has a solution to every problem. He scans so thoroughly that he always understands the best course of action.
You can’t put him under any kind of stress because he has such a wonderful skill.”
While United must move away from their previous model of paying large transfer fees for individual players, signing De Jong would be part of a clear and coherent thought process on how Ten Hag wants his new team to play.
And his availability is a unique market opportunity that the club should look to exploit.
On Wednesday night, reports in Spain claimed that the Dutch midfielder was “95 percent certain” to join his old Ajax manager at Old Trafford.
But that looks to be jumping the gun, with the potential of the Europa League or worse becoming a stumbling block, and City might be set to pounce if Ten Hag fails to impress.
Guardiola was looking for a successor for Fernandinho in 2019, but De Jong chose the Catalan giants instead.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Bernardo Silva, the Man City midfield genius, would look to be an ideal match for Xavi’s Barcelona reconstruction, and could be used to lubricate any deal.
If rumours are to be accepted, Gabriel Jesus will almost certainly play at the Emirates this season.
However, if the Brazilian striker is on his way out of the Etihad, his agent has revealed that up to six European teams are interested in signing him.
“Gabriel Jesus is being pursued by six more teams; he is currently concentrating on his final games with Manchester City, after which we will see what happens.” He stated.
Arsenal has reportedly put together a formal offer, but it falls short of City’s £50 million asking price. However, more negotiations are expected.
Rodri is expected to fill the void in Pep Guardiola’s increasingly frayed defense against West Ham this weekend, as City cling to their fourth title in five years.
After Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte joined Ruben Dias, John Stones, and Kyle Walker on the treatment table, Guardiola is left with only Nathan Ake as an option.
Luke Mbete and CJ Egan-Riley, both under the age of 20, are in attendance and will be part of the matchday squad.
However, City manager Pep Guardiola feels Rodri’s physical presence will be required against a Hammers front line fronted by the imposing Michael Antonio, who are still seeking a Europa League place.