Harry Maguire one of three Man United players linked with Barcelona swap deal 2 months ago

Harry Maguire one of three Man United players linked with Barcelona swap deal

Maguire is one of three players who could be used in a swap deal for De Jong

Harry Maguire has been linked with a move to Barcelona this summer as Manchester United reportedly eye a swap deal for Frenkie de Jong.

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Incoming United manager Erik ten Hag is known to be a big admirer of De Jong, who starred in the brilliant young Ajax side he led to a Champions League semi-final in 2019.

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Barcelona believe United could offer Maguire or Rashford

According to Gerard Romero, Ten Hag is keen on a reunion with the midfielder at Old Trafford. Speaking on his Twitch channel, the journalist said Barcelona believe United could attempt a swap deal to help close the deal.

Maguire has endured a difficult season at Old Trafford (who hasn't?), with his performances in defence coming under intense scrutiny. The England international could, therefore, be used as a makeweight in a United move for De Jong.

Marcus Rashford is another player Barca believe United could put forward for a possible transfer having also struggled to find form over the course of the season.

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Full-back Alex Telles and young forward Anthony Elanga have also been suggested, with Barca also said to be interested in Scott McTominay.

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Ten Hag planning squad overhaul

Maguire joined United three years ago from Leicester City in a deal worth £80m. Despite impressing for England at Euro 2020 last summer, he has had a difficult season for his club, who will end the season without a trophy and are all but mathematically out of contention for a Champions League place.

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Ten Hag was named as United's next manager earlier this month. It is expected the club will embark on a major overhaul of its first team squad before the season begins.

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