90min understands that Manchester United are confident of securing an agreement with Barcelona for midfielder Frenkie de Jong after talks between the two clubs began.

United have spent much of the last week in talks with De Jong’s representatives and a broad agreement over personal terms has been reached after the player confirmed he was happy to move to Old Trafford.

Erik Ten Hag has personally spoken to De Jong and has convinced his former Ajax star to come and work with him again. This personal intervention from the United boss is believed to have played a major part in the transfer progressing.

Once United secured an understanding with De Jong, they moved onto direct communications with Barcelona and the two clubs are locked in talks.

Barça coach Xavi has also spoken to De Jong and told him he would be happy for him to stay, but the club’s financial situation means he is one of the players they are willing to take offers for.

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