Manchester United are reportedly weighing up the prospect of lodging an offer worth €85 million to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

According to a report by Catalan outlet El Nacional, Manchester United are stepping up their efforts to secure the services of Frenkie de Jong. The Red Devils are considering the prospect of making a bid worth €85 million to prise the 24-year-old midfielder away from Barcelona.

Frenkie de Jong joined Barcelona in a big-money move from Ajax in July 2019 and has since made massive strides. Widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in Europe, the Dutch international is a key figure for club and country.

To date, the 24-year-old has made 111 appearances for Barcelona, chipping in with ten goals and 14 assists in the process. However, with Barcelona in financial disarray, reports have claimed he could be cashed in on by the Blaugrana to balance the books. Such a situation has piqued the interest of Manchester United.

The Premier League heavyweights have already made an initial €55 million offer to sign Frenkie de Jong, according to widespread suggestions. However, Barcelona considered the bid to be too low, which has forced Manchester United to ponder making an improved offer.

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The interest from Manchester United is understandable, considering Paul Pogba faces an uncertain future at Old Trafford. If the Frenchman decides to call it quits at Old Trafford, the Red Devils will need a top-class replacement for him, making de Jong a viable target.

With Barcelona reportedly prepared to sell the Dutchman, the onus is on Manchester United to table an attractive enough bid. And according to El Nacional, the English giants are weighing up lodging an offer worth €85 million to prise the 24-year-old away from Camp Nou.

Such a bid could force Barcelona to reconsider keeping de Jong, as an €85 million inlay could go a long way in mitigating their financial woes. As for Manchester United, de Jong’s ability to play any role in midfield makes him an appealing option. It will be interesting to see if they can secure the services of the Dutch international in one of the upcoming transfer windows.

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