Manchester United are closing in on an agreement with Barcelona for top transfer target Frenkie de Jong.

There is growing confidence that a deal will be reached for the Netherlands international, with United convinced the Catalan giants want to sell.

A compromise fee of about £69 million ($85m) with add-ons could prove the breakthrough for Erik ten Hag’s first signing of the summer, which would ease mounting pressure on chief executive Richard Arnold.

United are believed to have already seen one bid of £51m ($63m) for the midfielder rejected, with Barca holding out for closer to £86m ($105m).

But revealed this week that a compromise of between £64-73m could see a deal struck between the two sides.

Further talks have been held since then, with United becoming increasingly optimistic they will get their man.

While an agreement is yet to be officially reached, sources close to negotiations say talks have advanced.

The former Ajax star is seen as pivotal to the system Ten Hag wants to implement at United. He’s a player who can pick up the ball in deep positions and carry it forward, which is an essential trait under the head coach.

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