Ever since his former Ajax boss, Erik ten Hag, joined the Premier League team at the end of the previous season, the Barcelona midfielder has been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
And now it seems that the two may get together again after all, according to transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano, who claims that Barca’s asking price has almost been met.
The Spanish giants have requested €85m [£73m] after receiving a verbal offer of €65m [£56m]. Add-ons are currently being considered to reach that amount, and negotiations might be finished this week.
The Dutch international struggled to establish himself in Spanish football after moving to the Camp Nou in 2019 for €75 million (£64 million).
Instead, academy alums Pedri, Gavi, and Nico have excelled, giving cash-strapped Barca their greatest chance yet to raise money this summer.
De Jong made his debut in Amsterdam under Ten Hag’s guidance before relocating to Spain, establishing as a top talent in Ajax’s journey to the 2019 Champions League semifinals.
With United in severe need of center-field reinforcements after losing Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, and Juan Mata to free agency, the 52-year-old is obviously still a fan of his prodigy.