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Man Utd: £70m duo would be 'massive upgrades' at Old Trafford

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Manchester United’s outlook for the season could suddenly look ‘much brighter’ if they manage to sign Frenkie de Jong and Adrien Rabiot, according to journalist Dean Jones. The Red Devils are attempting to upgrade their midfield options by bringing in the duo from Barcelona and Juventus, respectively, replacing the likes of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic.

Fabrizio Romano revealed back in July that United and Barca have agreed a deal in principle for De Jong to move to Old Trafford for an initial €65 million (£55m) plus €20m (£16.9m) in add‑ons.

However, the Netherlands international has public expressed his desire to stay at Camp Nou and is also owed £17m in deferred wages, causing the proposed deal to reach an impasse.

And fellow Premier League side Chelsea are now close to agreeing terms with Barca for De Jong, adding further complications to United’s prospects of enticing the technician to the red half of Manchester.

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