Transfer gossip: Man Utd send mock message to Frenkie de Jong as swap deal greenlight sees third Prem club hit the ground running; Leeds close with the signing of 22 million pounds

Frenkie de Jong, Barcelona midfielder, warming up for LaLiga match v Celta Vigo at Nou Camp

At Manchester United, the belief that Frenkie de Jong will leave Barcelona has been renewed; although a third Premier League side are now leading the charge, Leeds are closing in on a £22million striker signing, while Saturday’s Transfer Gossip claims a former Chelsea star is closing in on a surprise move to Fulham.

FRENKIE DE JONG IS STILL WAITING ALIVE FOR MAN UTD

Manchester United refuse to give up on the Frenkie de Jong saga, having come this far and now believing more than ever that Barcelona must sell.

The long transfer saga has dominated the headlines all summer. United boss Erik ten Hag has pegged De Jong to regain control and balance in his Red Devils midfield. But completing his signing has proved far more difficult than anyone associated with United ever imagined. For obvious reasons, the whole thing is causing everyone at United serious frustration and bewilderment.

Agreeing a fee was difficult enough, although a deal was eventually reached, with add-ons, for around £71.5m.

However, convincing De Jong to leave Barcelona has proven to be an entirely difficult task. And it seems the midfielder’s deferred wage deal with Barcelona is largely to blame.

However, Barca’s hopes of keeping the star are quickly fading. For this purpose, the Daily Mirror reports how the LaLiga giants are still unable to register some of their new signings until they balance the books. As a result, Barcelona just need to raise funds and sell De Jong.

Consequently, Barcelona want the saga to end at the end of next week at the latest. And this has instilled in Old Trafford the belief that the player will be on the move and that they have a good chance of signing him.

United, of course, are not alone in their pursuit of De Jong, with Chelsea also interested in the well-known Dutch midfielder.

Surprised by Frenkie de Jong exchange reports

Incredibly, a third club could still pop out of nowhere for De Jong.

And according to mirrorthe player could still find himself signing Manchester City.

A move to the Etihad would surely sting Manchester United even harder than him to move to Chelsea.

But the document suggests it is a growing possibility with agent Jorge Mendes looking to orchestrate a trade deal.

Could a potential transfer for Frenkie De Jong be the key to Manchester United’s centre-back partnership this season?

Would missing out on the signing of Frenkie de Jong for Manchester United mean a different central partnership will be formed than the one Erik ten Hag wants to judge since pre-season?

That will see Bernardo Silva and De Jong swap places, with the Portuguese playmaker seemingly set to move.

He has been linked with Barca throughout the summer and a swap deal could be one way to make that happen.

Silva has also been linked with PSG and has 48 goals in 251 games for City since signing from Monaco in 2017.

LEEDS NEAR ARNAUD KALIMUENDO FILE

Leeds United are hoping to go ahead with the £22million signing of Arnaud Kalimuendo next week, according to a report.

Los Blancos have spent a lot this summer and have brought in seven new players. Four of them, Rasmus Kristensen, Marc Roca, Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson, are expected to start Saturday against the Wolves.

But Leeds remain light in the forward department. This was a position they were exposed to last season with Patrick Bamford only playing a total of 560 Premier League minutes.

Arnaud Kalimuendo at the PSG-Strasbourg match at the Parc des Princes in Paris,

As such, Leeds have been following Kalimuendo’s path for some time now.

Indeed, their interest in him was first reported in mid-June – and now they finally seem ready to jump.

Seconds The sunhas given PSG’s sporting director Luis Campos Leeds United permission to close the deal.

He will cost the Whites a fee of £22m, slightly higher than initially expected.

PSG manager Chrisophe Galtier would like to keep the player impressed by him in the pre-season. But Campos will have the final say with PSG having a high level of forward players.

Any deal, however, could see PSG insert a buy-back clause into any deal with Jesse Marsch’s side.

FULHAM IGNITE PLANS TO BRING WILLIAN BACK TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE

Former Chelsea winger Willian is closing in on his return to west London, with Premier League rivals Fulham.

The winger starred for the Blues for seven seasons, scoring 63 goals in 339 appearances.

However, it’s all been downhill since then, with a one-year spell at Arsenal failing to pay off. In fact, he has described his time at the Emirates Stadium as his worst experience in professional football. As such, it was no surprise to see Mikel Arteta quickly offload him to his first club Corinthians.

Willian representing Corinthians during March 2022

That deal still has 16 months to run, but the 33-year-old has failed to rediscover his best form in Brazil.

In fact, the player has only one goal in 44 games at the Neo Quimica Arena.

A report on Friday suggested a return to Fulham could be on the cards due to a release clause in his deal. This gives him the chance to return to Europe if a club makes his intentions clear.

And now the daily mail claims the Cottagers are intensifying talks over a potential deal with a deal close.

Boss Marco Silva wants a replacement for Fabio Carvalho, who left for Liverpool, and Willian is seen as the man to fill that void.

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