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Manchester United have reached a deal with Barcelona to sign Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong, according to ESPN. An initial bid of €65 million will be paid by the Red Devils, with add-ons potentially taking the deal above €80 million.

Assuming the deal is completed, de Jong would be United's first summer signing and the first for new manager Erik ten Haag. The Dutch manager coached de Jong at Ajax before the 25-year-old talent joined Barca. At the Spanish club, he's played over 40 games in each of his three seasons, scoring 13 times in 140 games.

Here's what to know:

How would he fit in with Man United?

De Jong is a versatile, technically-adept midfielder who offers plenty both on and off the ball, and his ability to keep the ball moving quickly in the middle should benefit United as they initiate attacks. He figures to slide into the midfield alongside Brazilian Fred, sitting just behind Bruno Fernandes. His ability to play as a center midfielder getting up or down the field and as a more conservative defensive midfielder will give ten Hag some serious flexibility. He has nine assists across the last three La Liga seasons, having created 117 chances. His 43 chances created were fourth-best on Barcelona last season.

De Jong's 2021/22 season for Barca saw him complete 91.3 percent of his passes, a team-high for non-defenders. His ability to accurately play to feet should benefit Fernandes greatly, allowing him to quickly settle and look for Cristiano Ronaldo's darting runs. 

How do Barca replace him?

Fairly easily, and that is by deploying a midfield with starters Sergio Busquets, Pedri and then Gavi. It's a super young midfield, but the Dutchman is also potentially expendable because of Franck Kessie's impending arrival as a free agent from AC Milan, with the Ivorian the most sensible replacement in the starting XI. Regardless, Barca have more than enough options to move on from de Jong in their base 4-3-3 formation. Expect Kessie to be the main starter with Gavi offering depth behind him. 

Does this facilitate any moves for Barca?

It certainly does. Barca are strapped for cash yet somehow pulled off the Ferran Torres move last season, acquiring the young Spanish attacker during the winter transfer market for an initial €55 million fee. The move came just months after Barca were not able to keep club legend Lionel Messi due to financial reasons. And this season, all eyes are on whether Robert Lewandowski will join with the striker expressing his desire to leave Bayern Munich, with Barca seeming like the desired destination. But, in order to do that, they needed to get their finances straight. 

Getting this fee for de Jong certainly helps balance the books in pursuit of the Polish superstar, though it remains unclear if it will be enough. We've seen Barca go after free agents like never before, and anything they can save on transfer fees will help them to land the top-tier striker they want. Getting rid of de Jong makes all of it just a bit easier and more likely.