Manchester United have prioritized signing a central midfielder this summer as the club remains in talks with Barcelona to sign Frenkie de Jong.
United have also made initial inquiries to Ajax about the winger. anthonywho is also well known to new boss Erik ten Hag for having been a regular at his Ajax team for the past two seasons.
They are also interested in the Ajax defender. Jurrien Wood.
The 22-year-old is one of many players United have been looking for; another was on his way to Liverpool. Darwin Nunezwho is about to join the Reds in an 85m pound deal from Benfica.
What’s new about De Jong?
There has yet to be an official offer for United’s De Jong with the clubs still separated in their valuations of the 25-year-old, but there is a growing belief from all sides that a deal can be made.
United, however, will focus on other targets if they cannot negotiate a reasonable price with the Spanish giants.
De Jong is a player that Ten Hag knows well and values highly having managed the Dutch international at Ajax, where he was part of the team that won the 2018/19 Eredivisie title and reached the Champions League semi-finals.
United are expected to sign at least one midfielder this summer, with Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata leaving Old Trafford.
De Jong’s contract with Barca runs until the summer of 2026, but the club’s financial problems may mean they are willing to sell this summer.
United make inquiries of Antony | Núñez was not a priority target
Another priority for United this summer is a striker who can play in the front row, but not necessarily an outright number nine.
United made initial inquiries to Ajax about winger Antony, who is also known to Ten Hag for having been a regular in his Ajax squad for the past two seasons.
The 22-year-old is one of many players United have been eyeing, as was Nunez, who was on his way to Liverpool.
Sky sports news He has been told the Uruguay striker was not a top priority target, while United were not interested in making a deal at the prices quoted.
United never made an official offer to the Portuguese side and were unwilling to enter a bidding war for the 22-year-old.
United still interested in Timber
Manchester United also remain interested in Ajax defender Jurrien Timber, another player who was a regular with Ten Hag in the Dutch champions.
United are also eyeing other central defenders, including Villarreal’s Pau Torres.
But with United well supplied at centre-back, it is understood that the priority remains to recruit in midfield and attack.
Ten Hag wants to bring in new players in this window, but he also wants to evaluate his current team.
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