Christian Eriksen ‘attracted’ by prospect of playing with Frenkie de Jong at Manchester United | american football

Frenkie de Jong and Christian Eriksen play against each other in 2019 (Photo by Eric Verhoeven/Socrates/Getty Images)

Manchester United’s hopes of signing Christian Eriksen could be boosted if they make a move to Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, with the Dane said to be ‘attracted’ to the prospect of playing alongside the Dutchman.

The Red Devils are finally closing in on the Dutch international, with widespread reports that a deal worth around £70million could close on Thursday.

Barcelona are keen to agree to the deal before closing their accounts on June 31 and they can get back the money they paid for the Ajax star just three years ago.

United are fully focused on signing De Jong, and so is Erik ten Hag’s determination to sign the midfielder.

He believes De Jong is so important to how he wants to play at Old Trafford that it is worth prioritizing a deal for the midfielder and other deals will fall into place once he is through the door.

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De Jong will participate in a £70 million deal (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

And according to the Times, Ten Hag’s gamble could pay off in the form of Eriksen, who would like to play with De Jong.

The Dane will be available on a free transfer at the end of the month when his contract with Brentford expires.

The Bees have offered him a contract like United, but Eriksen has yet to decide whether to stay in north-west London or move to Old Trafford.

However, signing De Jong would be a significant boost to United’s chances as Eriksen believes he is a player on the same wavelength as him.

United are still looking to sign a striker and a defender in the window, with Ajax stars Antony and Lisandro Martinez as top targets.

Jurrien Timber appears to be staying in the Dutch capital after initially eager to join United.

The 20-year-old was shocked by Louis van Gaal’s comments, in which the Dutch boss stated that a player who is not a regular at their club will not be selected in his 26-man squad for the World Cup in December.

Timber therefore considers it a gamble to move at this stage of his career, despite his relationship with Ten Hag.

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