Transfer Talk: United eye Jong one as Rom edges closer to Inter return
Manchester United have reportedly offered Barcelona £50million for Frenkie de Jong.
With United confirming Paul Pogba will leave when his contract expires at the end of the month, new boss Erik ten Hag has identified midfield reinforcements.
And the Sun claim De Jong is first on the list as the Dutchman bids to breath new life into the fallen Premier League giants.
But the Barca ace, 25, may need more than a little persuading to leave the Camp Nou.
The cash-strapped LaLiga outfit desperately need to cut costs and boss Xavi is understood to be prepared to let the Netherlands international go.
However, United will have to up their offer as Barcelona are expected to demand at least the £67m they paid Ajax for De Jong's services in 2019.
In other news
Romelu Lukaku is closing in on a return to Inter Milan, according to sources in Italy.
The 29-year-old striker, who netted 15 goals in 44 appearances for Chelsea last season, is said to be keen to quit Stamford Bridge for a second time having seen his return turn sour.
Newcastle are closing in on a £36million deal to sign Reims striker Hugo Ekitike.
The Mail claim the 19-year-old has indicated he wants to link up with Eddie Howe's side, despite interest from Borussia Dortmund, and is expected to sign a five-year deal.
Burnley expect skipper Ben Mee to leave Turf Moor as a free agent when his contract expires this summer, claim the Athletic.