Man United target Frenkie de Jong reacts uncomfortably when asked if he is going to Old Trafford

Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong reacts uncomfortably to the question of whether he will exchange the beaches of Barcelona for the cold of Manchester, while Erik ten Hag insists on a transfer of 65 million pounds.

  • Frenkie de Jong is on the shortlist of Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag
  • Ten Hag worked with De Jong at Ajax and would like to join the midfielder
  • De Jong reacted uncomfortably when asked whether he would move to United

Frenkie de Jong appears to have thrown cold water on a potential move to Manchester United this summer amid an uneasy exchange.

United have been eyeing the Barcelona midfielder since his longtime Ajax manager Erik ten Hag was confirmed as the new man at the helm at Old Trafford.

De Jong made the switch to Nou Camp in 2019 for £77 million, but the rise of teenage sensations Gavi and Pedri has cast doubt on the 25-year-old’s future.

Erik ten Hag hopes to reconnect with Frenkie de Jong after Ajax time

De Jong moved to Barca in 2019, but could start looking for a new club this summer

De Jong moved to Barca in 2019, but could start looking for a new club this summer

De Jong was in sparkling form for the Netherlands during the Nations League matches in June and spoke to the media after their 2-2 draw with Poland.

The Dutchman was questioned about his club future rather than anything to do with his international form, and his response was dismissive of any move to join Ten Hag in Manchester.

De Jong was asked: ‘Are you going from the beaches of Catalonia to the cold of Manchester?’

De Jong was asked if he would leave the Barcelona beaches for the cold of Manchester

De Jong was asked if he would leave the Barcelona beaches for the cold of Manchester

De Jong laughed at the question and answered with an awkward answer

De Jong laughed at the question and answered with an awkward answer

De Jong was initially cautious about United's interest in him during the post-match interview

De Jong was initially cautious about United’s interest in him during the post-match interview

The midfielder replied: ‘No.. I think.. I can’t say anything.’

His preliminary response comes after widespread reports that United have already rejected a £60million bid for the star.

De Jong represents Barcelona’s greatest opportunity to recoup much-needed funds to bolster their squad this summer and United are expected to try again for the Dutchman.

He was an instrumental part of the Ajax team that reached their first Champions League semi-final in 22 years in 2019.

Impressive performances during that campaign earned him a transfer to Catalonia, where he scored 13 goals and provided 17 assists in 142 appearances in all competitions.

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