Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong is Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag’s fundamental goal. Everybody is aware of this.
The talk lies in whether or not or not he’s price it and what the Dutch supervisor’s causes are for chasing him. That’s the place the enjoyable lies.
From the surface wanting in, it seems as if Ten Hag is making an attempt to recreate his midfield from his Ajax days and why not?
He already has Donny van de Beek and signing De Jong can be essential to the masterpiece he’s apparently planning.
The Barcelona star has been speaking of late about how he prefers to dictate play or choose up the ball from deep, suggesting Ten Hag will use him as a defensive midfielder.
Some followers have taken that to be finish of the world stuff, significantly as CDMs have a tendency to take a seat however that’s not at all times true.
De Jong will merely run the midfield from deeper however he’ll want Van de Beek to work arduous (as he did at Ajax) and both Fred or Scott McTominay or a hypothetical third midfielder to take a seat again and supply extra cowl.
Primarily it appears as if Ten Hag will need Van de Beek as his runner, De Jong as his playmaker, and a 3rd who will solidify the midfield.
Whether or not or not he sees Fred or McTominay as succesful in that function stays to be seen nevertheless it’s one followers will strongly be in opposition to.
Each gamers have proven they a lot want to be field to field gamers, with the Brazilian excelling below Ralf Rangnick when he was allowed to get additional upfield.
In idea, Ten Hag’s plans appear strong and it’s straightforward to see why he would need to implement this fashion in a 4-3-3 however there are query marks.
For one, do United even have sufficient midfield depth to play a 4-3-3? They’ve misplaced Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, and there aren’t any ensures the likes of Hannibal Mejbri and James Garner are prepared, except he deems them to be.
Nonetheless, this strikes the talk on as to if or not De Jong is well worth the chase.
How a lot is an excessive amount of?
First issues first, it appears De Jong’s switch will dictate the rest of United’s summer season plans and that’s in all probability why there’s been such a scarcity of identified exercise in any other case.
If the previous Ajax man goes to price £60m+ then it’s possible he’ll eat up a sizeable chunk of the price range and Ten Hag should be selective over which positions and who he invests in subsequent.
There’s little question the supervisor will know this, so why gamble large on De Jong?
Nicely, it could possibly be argued that the younger Dutchman is a somewhat distinctive participant in at the moment’s world. He’s a deep-lying playmaker who’s good at driving the ball ahead, can do an honest job defensively, and may evade being pressed.
In relation to breaking out of your individual defensive third (one thing United desperately wrestle to do regardless of having ball-playing defenders), De Jong is gold.
That’s to not recommend there’s completely nobody else the Crimson Devils might signal who can do the same activity, nevertheless it could possibly be argued De Jong is likely one of the greatest, so why not chase him?
What’s the holdup?
Ten Hag will probably be effectively conscious that the chase gained’t final all summer season lengthy since Barcelona will possible have a deal with on their funds quickly.
There are loads of issues within the air on the minute and there’s little question it is going to finally drop.
When it does, there must be sufficient time to nonetheless do some switch enterprise, and you may in all probability guess United will transfer quick then.
There have been whispers of the membership speaking or enquiring about different gamers throughout this entire saga. It wouldn’t be a shock if when the penny drops, the Crimson Devils knock out all their potential offers shortly and swiftly.
Barcelona are ready for sure issues to resolve their funds and get a real deal with of their price range. United will certainly must do the identical, particularly with all their outgoings and wage price range points.
Are we doing an excessive amount of chasing?
Now the final and tiniest little bit of the talk is whether or not or not the Crimson Devils must be chasing gamers excessively or not.
Nicely, that’s all depending on perspective and insider data. There’s no actual indication Ten Hag is begging and pleading for De Jong. It simply seems that means.
These kinds of transfers are likely to take time and the longer it goes on the longer it appears as if the begging is getting better however there aren’t any details to verify it.
Ten Hag doesn’t appear to be the kind of supervisor to deliver a participant in who isn’t eager so followers will simply should belief he’s not overdoing it.
In any case, the switch window sadly can’t be judged till it’s over with. In the interim, everybody will simply should carry on sweating of their seats and pray United know what they’re doing.