Man Utd are targeting Frenkie de Jong as Paul Pogbas’ replacement

Dutchman Frenkie de Jong is on Manchester United's radar (AP)

Frenkie de Jong is on Manchester United’s radar (AP)

Manchester United are aiming, according to reports from Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba.

United are ready to lose Pogba on a free transfer at the end of the season when the midfielder’s contract expires.

The World Cup winner has not yet agreed on a new deal with United, and it is understood that the 28-year-old will endure a pay rise that would make him overtake Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest paid player in the Premier League.

United are already considering replacing Pogba and West Ham’s Declan Rice is on the club’s shortlist.

However, The Independent reports that De Jong is also being considered by United’s hierarchy.

The report also claims that Barcelona’s new head coach, Xavi, ‘has not been overwhelmingly impressed’ with De Jong, and Barcelona could look to relieve the Dutch national team player as they still need to reduce their salary costs.

Frenkie de Jong has struggled to make an impact since his £ 65m move to Barcelona

Frenkie de Jong has struggled to make an impact since his £ 65m move to Barcelona (Getty)

De Jong came to Barcelona in a £ 65 million deal from Ajax in 2019, but has so far struggled to live up to his price tag.

De Jong still has almost five years left on his current deal with Barca, which puts the Spanish club in a strong position to demand a high transfer fee.

The Dutchman’s position on Barcelona’s team is also threatened by the appearance of Pedri and Gavi, two of the club’s brightest academic prospects in recent years.

De Jong has also been linked with a move to Manchester City, where Pep Guardiola is understood as a big admirer of the midfielder.

“Before my signing for Barcelona was made official, Pep Guardiola called me,” De Jong told TV3.

‘He said in a serious but a little joking tone that he was happy on my behalf and congratulated me.’

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