Frenkie de Jong, a standout for Barcelona, is said to have warned his teammates at the Nou Camp that he might end up heading to Manchester United. Erik ten Hag will be relieved to hear that, especially given how the Red Devils' season has gotten off to such a disastrous start. That won't please everyone at Old Trafford, but Sport reported over the weekend that De Jong revealed to his Barcelona friends that he might end up joining United.
Despite the difficulties in any potential deal, the Red Devils have been lobbying for the 25-year-old for the whole summer.
United and Barcelona have reached an agreement on a price for the Dutch international, with the defunct Premier League heavyweights willing to pay an initial £63 million to bring De Jong to Old Trafford.
Given how eager the club is to sign the Barcelona star, it will be fantastic news for the team, but Express Sport will now look at four players who won't be as pleased.
Fred and McTominay
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Man Utd signing Frenkie de Jong would be a blow for Fred and Scott McTominay (Image: GETTY
Fred has thus far started United's first two league games.
However, the Brazilian international has performed poorly against Brentford and Brighton and is not deserving of a starting spot.
Like McTominay, Fred is best used as a team player.
A popular figure with a good attitude, the Samba star still fluctuates in popularity four years after arriving.
In the summer of 2018, Fred cost United a staggering £52 million, but generally, he hasn't justified the club's decision to spend so much money on him under Mourinho.
The 21-year-old thrived for Nottingham Forest last season while on loan, but since coming back to Old Trafford, he has yet to play for United.
De Jong's potential arrival will present him with yet another challenge.
And if United's pursuit of their top goal finally bears fruit, it wouldn't come as a huge surprise to see Garner on loan for a year.
Donny van de Beek
Donny van de Beek doesn't seem to be in Ten Hag's current plans, either, like Garner.
No other player played more minutes in the preseason than the former Ajax great.
Van de Beek however continues to sit on the sidelines for the duration of his time at United.
Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen would presumably play further ahead of the Barcelona star if De Jong were to transfer.
Van de Beek can therefore anticipate playing even fewer games at United than ever before.
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