Frenkie de Jong opens up about his preferred midfield role as Man Utd just ahead of the deal | Soccer

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De Jong was great in Netherlands’ 4-1 win over Belgium (Image: Getty)

Manchester United have found hope in their attempt to sign Frenkie de Jong this summer as the midfielder admitted his role for the Netherlands suits him better than his current one at Barcelona.

New United boss Erik ten Hag has identified his fellow Dutchman as a priority transfer target this summer.

As the transfer saga continues, De Jong put on a terrific display in midfield for his country in the Netherlands’ 4-1 win over neighbors Belgium on Friday night.

De Jong was at the center of an excellent performance from Louis van Gaal’s side as he wasn’t always able to consistently deliver that level of performance in a Barcelona shirt.

And the 25-year-old has suggested playing in a Dutch system gets the best out of him.

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Ten Hag hopes to meet de Jong again in Manchester (Image: Getty)

“I like being the first player to get the ball off the defenders,” de Jong told NOS after the game.

“I play differently in the national team than at Barca. And I think this one suits me better.”

According to SPORT, United are close to agreeing a £70m deal with Barcelona for De Jong’s services.

Barcelona are keen to raise funds to ease the financial pressure on the club, with the Dutchman being their most valuable asset.

The report suggests that De Jong still needs some convincing to move to Old Trafford, although he prefers to stay at the Camp Nou.

But Barcelona’s willingness to negotiate his sale has raised doubts in the midfielder’s mind, according to the report.

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