Frenkie De Jong has emerged as a key summer target for Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester United are prepared to make Frenkie De Jong their highest paid player, if they can tempt Barcelona into selling the midfielder.

New Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag is very keen to link up with his former Ajax player and make De Jong the centrepiece of his big rebuild job at Old Trafford.

Whether United can agree a fee for the 25-year-old and whether the Dutchman wants to move to the club that finished sixth in the Premier League is yet to be seen, but the Red Devils are ready to make a huge contract offer to the midfielder.

The Daily Star report that United will be happy to offer De Jong wages higher than the likes of David De Gea, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho to tempt him to Old Trafford, making him the best paid player at the club.

United will have some space on the wage bill to play with, as a number of players are leaving this summer who have been on huge salaries at Old Trafford.

Paul Pogba heads the list of players on their way out of the club, while Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic are all leaving as well.

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That may not be the end of the departures as well, with the likes of Phil Jones, Anthony Martial, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Eric Bailly all available for transfer.

This should allow Ten Hag to bring in a number of new signings, with improvements needed throughout the team if they are to improve on the entirely forgettable season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.

Whether De Jong is one of those new arrivals is still in doubt, with the Dutchman reportedly far from convinced that swapping the Camp Nou for Old Trafford is the right step, although Barcelona are keen to cash in on one of their most valuable assets and have already agreed a deal for a replacement in Valencia’s Carlos Soler.

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