Barcelona reportedly tried to trade Frenkie de Jong for Harry Maguire, but Manchester United turned down the La Liga club’s offer.
Erik ten Hag, United’s new manager, wants to work with De Jong again because he worked with him at Ajax. De Jong is one of United’s top transfer targets this summer.
De Jong played in 32 of Barcelona’s 38 La Liga games last season. He is still only 21, so he won’t be cheap.
The Sun says that Barcelona told United that they could get De Jong for a much lower price if they included Maguire in the deal.
But United is said to have turned down this request because Ten Hag is excited to work with Maguire, even though the English defender had a bad season in 2021/22.
Even though Barcelona is said to want £69 million for De Jong, United is still expected to sign him.
Many fans were surprised to hear that Barcelona was interested in Maguire, but Camp Nou really needs a new center-back since Gerard Pique’s future is uncertain.
Earlier this month, SPORT said that Barça manager Xavi Hernandez had told Pique that he wouldn’t need him next season.