Man Utd not given up on Frenkie de Jong and will try again to sign Barcelona ace

Manchester United have not yet given up hope on signing Frenkie de Jong – but do accept Martin Dubravka will likely be their last piece of business this transfer window.

Erik ten Hag’s side look set to wrap up the £5million signing of the Newcastle United goalkeeper before the end of transfer deadline day. The Slovakian international will likely be the final player to arrive in Old Trafford this summer, having signed Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, and Antony.

While £227m has been spent in the transfer window, the failure to land top target De Jong, in spite of an almost five month long pursuit will be frustrating to Ten Hag. However, United are reportedly still sniffing around the Barcelona midfielder.

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According to GOAL, United may reignite their interest in the Netherlands international, but accept any late move is now unlikely. The Red Devils have already agreed a fee with the Catalans which is believed to be worth around £63m.

Unfortunately, the Dutchman’s willingness to move to Old Trafford has not quite matched Barcelona’s eagerness to sell him. De Jong has also been linked with a move to Chelsea, who may well be a more attractive proposition due to the fact they are in the Champions League.

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The 25-year-old added even more fire to these rumours when he was spotted boarding a flight to London. While it is currently unclear what the nature of his visit was, it was not to sign for Thomas Tuchel ’s side.

Ten Hag has also previously hinted that he is after a reunion with the midfielder who was at the heart of his Ajax side that were so close to making the 2018-19 Champions League final.

"We want Frenkie? I didn't know!" Ten Hag said with a shy grin and laugh at the start of the month. "It's about the right players.

"I cannot comment on a player contracted to another club. When we have news, we will bring it."

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