Manchester United has received a timely boost in the chase of midfielder Frenkie De Jong after Xavi failed to rule his sale.
De Jong is said to be rated highly at Camp Nou and Xavi wants him to stay but the club wants to sell a series of players in order to fund some of their targets and is ready to listen to offers for the Dutchman who should bring them some good money.
“For me, he is very important,” Xavi is quoted by the Evening Standard while describing De Jong's situation at the club. “He has been a starter practically every game, except when he has been rotated due to tiredness, fatigue, or competition. For me he is fundamental. But we all depend on the economic situation of the club.”
There are reports that incoming United manager Erik ten Hag is keen on reuniting with De Jong at Old Trafford. The pair enjoyed a magical 18 months together in Amsterdam, which included that breathtaking run to the Champions League semi-final in 2019.
The Dutchman is keen to instill his playing philosophy as fast as possible at United and believes that having players he has worked with before will help him towards achieving this with Donny van de Beek set to return to the club too in the summer after his loan spell at Everton.