According to a report on Caught Offside, Premier League side Newcastle United are set to rival Manchester United for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong.
New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is keen on reuniting with De Jong at Manchester United as he seeks to strengthen Manchester United’s midfield this summer.
Newcastle United can compete with the biggest clubs in Europe following their recent Saudi takeover and are looking to bolster their midfield by beating Manchester United to the transfer of De Jong.
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Frenkie de Jong will be a good signing for Manchester United.
“I’ve always thought he was a top player,” Ferdinand said on his Vibe With Five YouTube show.
“I’ve watched him closely in the Champions League semi-final year, I got to see a lot of him as part of the BT team. They’re saying Frenkie de Jong could be the first player to come in under Erik ten Hag and I would be saying ‘yes, great signing’.
“He’s not huge in terms of frame but he is quick with the ball, really good dribbler, can get out of tight situations, makes good decisions, good passer, his balance and dribbling ability are really good.
“[Man United] are a team who are looking for players who can control the ball and control the game and get the team functioning in terms of balance and possession, I think he would be a good addition.
“He’s not a player who scores loads of goals like Bruno Fernandes, but he’s more about dictating the game. He gives you much more other elements in the game that United need.”