Frenkie de Jong ‘keen on Man City transfer’ in huge blow to Man Utd as Barcelona line up move for Bernardo Silva

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FRENKIE DE JONG is reportedly keen on a switch to Manchester City as Barcelona eye a move for Bernardo Silva in what could be a huge blow to Man United.

The Red Devils have been linked with a move for Barca’s Dutch midfielder for months.

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New boss Erik ten Hag worked with him previously at Ajax and believes he would be the perfect addition to help his overhaul of the United squad.

However, a development in Silva’s situation across town at the Etihad could scupper any potential transfer.

Mundo Deportivo has claimed that the Portuguese attacker, 27, has informed City that he wants to leave with Barcelona his preferred destination.

Silva, who has scored 48 goals in 251 matches for the club since his 2017 arrival, still has three years left on his contract.

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But he is allegedly an attractive option for Barca boss Xavi as he looks to strengthen his midfield.

And as speculation continues to mount over De Jong’s future at the Nou Camp, City could be in for the 25-year-old.

This fresh report states that he also likes City – however a potential swap deal is not believed to be on the cards.

In fact, any transfer would be dealt with separately, and talks could be about to ramp up.

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City boss Pep Guardiola and a number of the club’s representatives are heading to Barcelona to discuss a potential friendly between the two clubs to take place in Spain on August 24.

The match would be to raise funds for research against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) after former Barcelona coach Juan Carlos Unzue was diagnosed with the disease.

And with Guardiola in attendance, it could provide the Catalan club with an opportunity to try and discuss terms for Silva.

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