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Report: Barcelona put up two Manchester United targets on the transfer market

Barcelona's Frenkie De Jong Memphis Depay after scoring his team's first goal during the Spanish league football match between Cadiz CF and FC Barcelona at the Nuevo Mirandilla stadium in Cadiz, on September 10, 2022.
Barcelona's Frenkie De Jong Memphis Depay. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)

Barcelona put Manchester United summer targets Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay up for sale

Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay, who Manchester United were interested in in the summer of 2022, have been put up for sale by Barcelona, according to Sport (h/t Express).

The Blaugrana have transfer-listed a total of five players ahead of the January transfer window. In light of their economic issues and Champions League group stage exit, Xavi Hernandez’s team need to raise cash.

Chelsea were also one of the clubs looking at the Dutch duo in the recent window. This would prompt a battle between both Premier League clubs to get a hold of the midfielder and the forward.

Manchester United summer targets Frenkie De Jong and Memphis Depay have been put up for sale by Barcelona.
Manchester United summer targets Frenkie De Jong and Memphis Depay have been put up for sale by Barcelona. (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

De Jong was pursued by United for a long time in the off-season. The 25-year-old was Erik ten Hag’s top target in the summer of 2022. The Dutch head coach managed the Holland international during their time together at Ajax. Unfortunately, he remained at Barcelona.

Instead of De Jong, the Old Trafford side got two additions to bolster the middle of the park in the recent transfer window. In total, the Manchester-based club made six signings in the summer of 2022.

Depay was also a player that both the Red Devils and the Blues were linked with. The 29-year-old only joined the Spanish giants from Olympique Lyon last year. However, the forward has fallen down the pecking order in Catalunya.

Christina Eriksen and Casemiro have made an immediate impact playing in United’s engine room. However, fans still feel the club needs to add more quality to challenge for titles.

Ten Hag currently prefers the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Antony in our forward line. Cristiano Ronaldo has fallen down the pecking order, while Anthony Martial has struggled to stay fit.

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