Ten Hag wants to make de Jong a key player at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United are growing increasingly confident of convincing Frenkie de Jong to join the club and hope to have an agreement in place this week.

Erik ten Hag has made his former Ajax player a priority transfer target as he looks to rebuild United’s midfield this summer.

The Premier League club are close to agreeing a £70million fee with Barcelona, who are under pressure to cash in on one of their most prized assets this summer to fund their own transfer ambitions.

De Jong’s preference is to stay at Barcelona but so far, the Dutchman has not said ‘no’ to a move to Old Trafford, SPORT report.

Both United and Barcelona are eager for the matter to be resolved this week with neither side interested in a prolonged transfer saga.

De Jong worked under ten Hag at Ajax (Picture: Getty)

United’s hopes of landing the 25-year-old appear to be growing.

The report suggests the impression in Manchester after their latest contact with the midfielder’s representatives is that de Jong is listening to their offer with ten Hag very hopeful he can convince him to join the project at Old Trafford.

While his preference would be to stay at the Camp Nou, de Jong is aware that Barcelona are ready to sell him.

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United are ready to move onto alternative midfield targets with Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich also sounding out a move for de Jong.

But as it stands, United are the only club prepared to meet Barcelona’s asking price.

United are also keen to sign Jurrien Timber from Ajax this summer while ten Hag has urged the club to join the race to sign free agent Christian Eriksen.


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