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Frenkie de Jong makes Barcelona intentions clear amid Manchester United transfer interest

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Frenkie de Jong has reiterated his desire to stay at Barcelona for 'many years.' Manchester United spent the bulk of the last summer transfer window trying to tempt De Jong away from the Camp Nou to reunite him with former boss Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.

The midfielder was a key component of the manager's Ajax side that nearly reached the 2019 Champions League final and was seen as equally important for the rebuild project in Manchester.

United agreed a fee with Barcelona for De Jong last year but a transfer didn't materialise. The deferred wages owed to De Jong by Barcelona proved to be a significant stumbling block, while the player never publicly suggested that he wanted to leave the Spanish club. Also read: Pellistri explains what Ten Hag told him before full debut Though Ten Hag appeared reluctant, United finally forfeited the chase and instead turned to Spain's other giant club to recruit Casemiro instead.

The Brazilian has been sublime since his arrival from Real Madrid and completely transformed United's midfield. Yet, Ten Hag would still like to bolster his midfield ranks further in 2023 and would be open to making another approach for his fellow Dutchman.

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