Manchester United remain in talks to sign Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong; club have made initial enquiries to Ajax about winger Antony; Man Utd were not willing to enter a bidding war with Liverpool over Darwin Nunez; Erik ten Hag’s side remain interested in Ajax centre-back Jurrien Timber.

Manchester United have prioritised signing a central midfielder this summer as the club remain in talks with Barcelona to sign Frenkie de Jong.

United have also made initial enquiries to Ajax about winger Antony, who is also well-known by new boss Erik ten Hag having been a regular in his Ajax team over the past two seasons.

They are also interested in Ajax defender Jurrien Timber.

The 22-year-old is one of a number of players United have been looking at – another was Liverpool-bound Darwin Nunez, who is on the verge of joining the Reds in an £85m deal from Benfica.

Man United, Barcelona in dispute over Frenkie de Jong fee, player open to  transfer - sources

What’s the latest on De Jong?

There has been no official offer yet for De Jong from United with the clubs still apart in their valuations of the 25-year-old, but there is a growing belief from all parties a deal can be done.

De Jong is a player Ten Hag knows well and rates highly having managed the Netherlands international at Ajax, where he was part of the side that won the 2018/19 Eredivisie title and reached the Champions League semi-finals.

United are expected to sign at least one midfielder this summer, with Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata all departing Old Trafford.

De Jong’s Barca contract runs until the summer of 2026 but the club’s financial problems may mean they are willing to sell this summer.

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