Frenkie de Jong is Manchester United’s top transfer target this summer, with Erik ten Hag keen on building his team around the Barcelona midfielder.
Frenkie de Jong impressed at Ajax under Ten Hag but has failed to reach the heights expected from him at Barcelona.
He told The Mirror: “Manchester United ’s pursuit of Frenkie De Jong is completely underwhelming.
“He reminds me a bit of Martin Odegaard in the way he was trumpeted as, ‘The next big thing’, before moving to Spain and then failed to reach the heights expected of him.
“At least Odegaard was 16 when he joined Real Madrid, not 21, as De Jong was when he moved to Barcelona.
“Don’t get me wrong, De Jong is a good player, he has all the attributes and would be a decent addition to the squad.
“But I ask myself if he’s someone who will take United to the next level and the answer, frankly, is, ‘No’. Actually, he reminds me of his compatriot Donny van de Beek.
“Ajax produced a full-page farewell to Van de Beek when he joined United, saying ‘Look after him’.
“And Edwin van der Sar, a legend at both Ajax and United, was raving about him.
“Yet it didn’t happen for him at Old Trafford and I’m not sure it will for De Jong.
“I know Van de Beek didn’t get the opportunities he deserved at United and De Jong will be given a chance by Erik ten Hag.
“But if I’m at Liverpool or Manchester City, then I’m certainly not going to be worrying that Manchester United look likely to sign Frenkie de Jong this summer.”
Manchester United have already had a €70million offer for De Jong rejected by Barcelona, with the Spanish side holding out for €100million.