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Manchester United transfer news: Eric Ten Hug 'thinks Frenkie de Jong will join Chelsea' | Football | Football Sport

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Erik ten Hug believes Frenkie de Jong will opt for a move to Manchester United over Chelsea, according to reports. He is in the air after being off the bench in a 0-0 draw with Rayo Vallecano. He would like to remain at the Camp Nou, but it is still possible that he will leave instead.

Manchester United have been chasing De Jong for over 13 weeks.

The 25-year-old, who worked under Ten Hag at Ajax, feels the former midfielder can shine in the middle of the park, especially after the departure of players like Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic. .

However, in recent days Chelsea have expressed interest in De Jong.

They can offer players the chance to live in London, but they can also play in the Champions League if they swap Camp Nou for Stamford Bridge.

That’s something United, who finished sixth in the Premier League last season, can’t do.

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The Red Devils also want to sign two more deals before the transfer window closes on September 1st.

United are keen on signing Adrien Rabiot from Juventus despite backlash from overwhelmed supporters on social media.

They agreed on an initial £15million fee for the French international, who has just one year left on his contract at Turin.

John Murtaugh recently declined a meeting with Rabiot’s mother, Veronique, without agreeing on personal terms, but the club is still confident of a deal.

The second second half signing the Red Devils want to make is top.

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Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford have all endured a slow start to the new season and have so far failed to find the net against Brighton and Brentford.

United are said to be keen on signing Cody Gakpo, who scored 12 goals and provided 13 assists in 27 Eredivisie appearances last season.

Only time will tell if the club can get any of the top targets by the end of the month.

But United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Ten Hag was lured to the club after Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Brentford under false pretenses.

“I’m sorry for the players. I’m sorry for Ten Hag,” he said.

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“He’s pretending to be false. He’s coming to the expected new signatures. He’s probably sitting there and saying, ‘I’ve been sold a dummy here. I’m on board with this.’ I didn’t know that confidence would be low, I know.

“He knew it, but he was like, ‘I could rebuild it,’ but obviously the players aren’t up to the standard they need. Simple as that.”

Ten Hag himself said after the match that United had disappointed his supporters.

“It’s difficult for me. It always surprises me when a game like this starts. After 35 minutes, we conceded four goals. This is impossible.”

“The team has to take responsibility. We are really sorry to the fans who have tried their best to support us. We have let them down.”

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