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Man United have De Jong plan, Spurs in talks for defender and Arsenal make Belgian midfield priority

Here we go! – It’s Thursday morning, which means only one thing. It’s time for Fabrizio Romano’s latest CaughtOffside column.

So, without further ado, read on to find out the latest in Manchester United’s pursuit of Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, the Championship wonderkid Spurs are in talks for, who Arsenal view as their top summer midfield priority and much more…

Erik Ten Hag considers Frenkie de Jong a ‘statement’ signing…

Man United are working hard to try and sign Frenkie de Jong. Erik ten Hag considers him more than a great midfielder, almost a “statement” on the part of the club in wanting to start a new era with a player of excellent quality and international level.

Frenkie de Jong is wanted by Manchester United.

Barcelona wants an €85m fee to let Frenkie leave this summer, Man United hope to be able to change the player’s mind in more ways: the club’s project to return to the Champions League as early as 2023, the relationship with Ten Hag, who would consider him untouchable in his project, Barcelona’s needs to sell some player to improve their economic situation. It won’t be easy, but Man United have not given up yet.

Man United have other midfield targets…

Man United will certainly need more reinforcements in midfield. The club’s internal strategy, however, is focused on working on priorities: a new centre-back, a new centre-midfielder, a new striker and then evaluating the other positions.

Ten Hag wants to be certain in every single role. Man United explored Kalvin Phillips’ situation more than a month ago, but it is another difficult negotiation for the player’s will and because Leeds United dream of holding onto him again, meanwhile Man City have entered the race.

Kalvin Phillips could leave Leeds United this summer.

Marco Asensio can become an opportunity for many clubs on the transfer market only if he does not renew his contract with Real Madrid, to date he is still in negotiations with the Spanish club.

Spurs…

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