Manchester United retain interest in key midfield target despite deadline day deal for Sabitzer

Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong still of interest to Manchester United despite Marcel Sabitzer arrival

Manchester United are still interested in acquiring the services of Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong after completing a loan move for Marcel Sabitzer, according to The Telegraph (h/t Bola.net).

The Austria international made a temporary move to the Red Devils on deadline day until the end of the season. However, the 28-year-old’s arrival has not dampened the Old Trafford side’s interest in the Holland international.

United are still eyeing a summer transfer for the 25-year-old. Erik ten Hag is keen on reuniting with the midfielder in Manchester.

Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong still of interest to Manchester United despite Marcel Sabitzer arrival.
Manchester United are still interested in Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong. (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

De Jong worked under the Dutch manager during their time together in Amsterdam. The gaffer admires the abilities the Holland international possesses. Thus, he is insistent on the midfielder’s arrival.

The Old Trafford side’s chances of signing the 25-year-old are still open. Barcelona are still struggling financially. As a result, they could opt to cash in on the former Ajax star.

Sabitzer is just a short-term replacement for Christian Eriksen in the squad. The Denmark international will be out with an injury for a few months. United do not have the option to make the Austrian’s move permanent at the end of his loan spell.

Apart from the 30-year-old, Donny van de Beek is also unavailable for the rest of the campaign. On the other hand, Scott McTominay will also be on the sidelines for some time.

Casemiro and Fred are the only two players in the middle of the park who are fit. Therefore, Sabitzer’s move was evidently necessary, considering the lack of depth in the engine room.

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However, while the new summer 2022 additions in the middle of the park have been impressive, United could do with more quality. De Jong is a talented and versatile star capable of playing in the number six and number eight positions. Hopefully, the Red Devils will be able to get a deal over the line for him in the coming months.