Manchester United’s top summer midfielder target Frenkie de Jong has already told Erik Ten Hag is the best position
Manchester United is mulling over the prospect of launching a big-money move to bring Barcelona midfielder, Frenkie de Jong, to Old Trafford this summer.
The Manchester Evening News understands that United is weighing up a potential £75million move for the Netherlands international as incoming manager Erik ten Hag prepares to make his mark
The duo worked together at Ajax and know each other inside out.
United are in desperate need of some new additions to their squad, particularly in midfield.
Their current crop of midfielders has been criticized throughout the campaign and the importance of adding a new defensive-minded midfielder to the squad cannot be emphasized enough
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He is a box-to-box midfielder that likes to get on the ball, pick a pass and create opportunities for his teammates
It is why the Dutchman, earlier this year, addressed his preferred position
He said he believes that he is at his very best when he can often get on the ball and make things happen.
He told The Guardian: “I don’t necessarily have one position where I really want to play
“But I think I’m at my best if I’m in a role where I can often touch the ball.”
Therefore, it is hard to predict how he could slot in and prove his worth at Old Trafford
Even though it remains impossible to say how Ten Hag will set United up
On the face of it, deploying a 4-3-3 could work best for De Jong, with him being given the license to roam free in midfield, should the club also sign a defensively-sound midfield operator.
Ten Hag, of course, knows everything there is to know about De Jong and his style of play following their time together at Ajax
The incoming United boss brought the very best out of the Dutchman and explained how he did so when the Barcelona man was still plying his trade in Amsterdam.