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In a new twist, ESPN reporter Rob Dawson has revealed United have been in touch with other midfielders as the De Jong saga continues.
“There are certainly other players on the list, but I feel like, for ten Hag, de Jong is such the ideal player that they want to do everything they can to get this deal done,” he told The United. Support.
“There may be a case where Barcelona don’t play ball, or de Jong says he doesn’t want to come. He will [Erik ten Hag] then decide if he has a player in the team or if he should sign someone.
“He is [Erik ten Hag] come in and set such high standards on the training ground, with the way the club is run, his transfer targets, that he wants his number one [Frenkie de Jong].
“The danger is [with Frenkie de Jong] that there is only a limited time to do so, as the deadline is fast approaching. When do you unplug the plug?
“I’m sure they have [been in contact with other midfielders]. I’m not saying they have an agreement in place, but there will have been contact.
“They will know if the player [other midfield targets] wants to come, they will know, vaguely, what the assessment is, what it will take to get a deal on the line. They will have all this information.”