United We Stand's Andy Mitten joined The Football Show to discuss the rumours linking Frenkie De Jong with Manchester United.
Manchester United need new midfielders. Barcelona need money.
As such, the natural connection has been made in different areas that Manchester United and Frenkie De Jong would be a good pairing. Throw in Erik ten Hag, a former manager of De Jong, and the rumour mill doesn't need to work overtime to weave the connection.
But Andy Mitten of United We Stand confirmed that it's more than just a rumour. Manchester United are interested in De Jong. And Barcelona are willing to let him go. So does the move make sense for both sides?
"Yes is the very simple answer to that question," Mitten said.
"I have spoken to people on both sides. I've been in both cities and I'll do exactly the same this weekend. I'm going to meet someone from Barcelona next week. Frenkie is someone Manchester United are absolutely interested in, but because Barcelona paid so much for him, they want to get so much for him.
"Xavi Hernandez, his manager, has said he wants him to stay."
Manchester United sign big name players. They also sign young players they hope to develop. In recent years, neither of those approaches has worked out. De Jong is neither a young, unproven player nor is he a big-name star. He's an established 25-year-old, proven to be effective at the top level of European football.
But he's also just good enough to be sold by Barcelona. So is he worth the move from Manchester United's point of view.
Mitten thinks so.
"I've watched him closely. I've probably watched 60% of his home games in Camp Nou. Ever since he signed, he had a really good first season. He looks much better playing alongside Sergio Busquets than when he's given a more free role. I think he's a wonderful footballer, I think he's the type of player in the right system with the right manager, such as Erik ten Hag, he could be incredible.
"He's a very elegant football, he's an intelligent person."
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