Man Utd joined by Liverpool in Frenkie de Jong transfer race as Jurgen Klopp desperately targets new midfielder
LIVERPOOL have reportedly joined the race to sign Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong.
Futbol Total claims Jurgen Klopp has moved for the Manchester United target following Liverpool’s awful start to the new season.
Injuries to Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have left Liverpool short on midfield options.
Fabinho has also suffered with fitness problems while Naby Keita’s future is in doubt.
And after picking up just two points from his opening three games, Klopp has decided that De Jong needs to join his Anfield war machine.
It’s claimed Liverpool have submitted a £53million bid for the Holland international, with a further £7m in add-ons.
It is unclear whether the Reds also intend to pay De Jong the £14m in wages he’s reportedly owed by Barca.
But the ex-Ajax ace could be tempted by a switch to Anfield as playing Champions League football is a non-negotiable.
United managed to agree a deal with Barcelona to sign De Jong earlier this month.
But their Europa League status and chaotic start to the campaign under Erik ten Hag saw the playmaker refuse to leave Barca.
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And it’s unclear whether United will return after splashing out on Real Madrid anchorman Casemiro.
Chelsea are also thought to be in the running, despite being yet to make a formal bid.
However, it now appears Liverpool are leading the race to sign De Jong before next week’s transfer deadline.
Barcelona have made no secret of their willingness to sell De Jong so they can register all their new signings.
And with the summer window coming to a close soon, the player himself could finally decide the time has come to jump ship.