Barcelona Manager Xavi is happy to sell Frenkie de Jong this summer

Barcelona manager Xavi is happy to sell Frenkie de Jong this summer, according to a report.

Deportes Cuarto claim the Barca boss has endorsed the sale because he wants to refresh his midfield with additions such as out-of-contract Franck Kessie.

United are weighing up a potential £75million move for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

Incoming United manager Erik ten Hag has identified De Jong, 25, as an ideal target, having coached him at Ajax and Manchester United have contacted Barcelona about De Jong’s potential availability.

The Dutchman is contracted to Barcelona until 2026 but reports linking the midfielder with an exit from La Liga have intensified this week.

De Jong’s previous comments will provide United with plenty of encouragement. After the midfielder joined Barcelona in 2019, he opened up on the interest he’d received from some of Europe’s biggest clubs and he admitted he had joined Barcelona for the ‘challenge’, which suggests a new project with Ten Hag might tempt him.

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