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Man Utd make Frenkie de Jong transfer breakthrough.


Barcelona confirm swap deal option as Man Utd make Frenkie de Jong transfer breakthrough

Barcelona appear to already be planning without Manchester United's priority transfer target Frenkie de Jong as they have identified his successor in Xavi's team

Manchester United have made a breakthrough in their attempts to sign Frenkie de Jong  from Barcelona this summer with the Catalan giants signalling they already have a replacement lined up.

United have not given up hope on a deal to land the Dutch international star despite negotiations over the structure of a deal now entering their third month and with the commencement of the 2022/23 campaign less than a week away.

Red Devils transfer chiefs Richard Arnold and John Murtough visited the Catalan capital last month to meet with Barca officials and conclude the De Jong transfer but left without a final agreement in place. However, an initial fee of £56.2million is in place with a total transfer increasing up to £72million.

Barca president Joan Laporta has now confirmed that the club will attempt to sign Manchester City star Bernardo Silva after a report in Mundo Deportivo outlined how he was at the top of the club’s wish list to replace De Jong. Despite often operating in a front three for City, the Portugal international could theoretically replace the former Ajax star in the club’s midfield.

Laporta said on Monday at the presentation of defender Jules Kounde – signed from Sevilla – when asked specifically about a move for Silva: "First we have to register the players and get rid of those who don't count. Then we'll see what we can do." It was not the outright denial of a move that could have been said to pour cold water on any rumours.

Silva has bagged 48 goals across 251 first-team appearances for City since his transfer from Monaco in 2017 and has flourished under Guardiola's coaching. However, last season he enjoyed more prominence than ever – with a career-high 33 Premier League starts and eight Premier League goals while starting in 11 of the club's 12 Champions League matches.



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