Manchester United ‘face competition’ from Man City over Frenkie de Jong and other transfer rumors

Manchester City are set to enter the race to sign Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona during the summer transfer window, according to reports. Speculation over the Dutchman and his future at Camp Nou continues to mount despite suggestions the Catalans don’t want to sell.

That’s their public stance, at least, after Barcelona manager Xavi said he wants to keep De Jong at the club for several years to come. However, a number of publications continue to link the 24-year-old with a move to Old Trafford as his mentor and former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag prepares to take over as manager.

His appointment was confirmed by the Old Trafford giants last week. Ten Hag will close out the remainder of this term in Amsterdam in pursuit of a third Eredivisie title.

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the Manchester Evening News understand that United are ready to prioritize central midfield signings when the market opens. Declan Rice was seen as the number one target amid claims he could cost £150m or more and the framework was set for a deal involving England team-mate Kalvin Phillips.

Naturally, due to his existing relationship with Ten Hag, this man De Jong continues to be linked. He is believed to cost around £72million as Fichajes credit City with interest.

Elsewhere, new manager Ten Hag is seriously considering signing Paulo Dybala this summer. Reported interest in the 28-year-old Juventus striker is already at the forefront.

However, as Dybala enters the final two months of his contract with Juventus – with no sign of him putting pen to paper on an extension – Italian publication Corriere dello Sport claim United are ready to firm up their position and sit down for talks on a summer transfer.

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