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PremierLeague-News.Com - Did you know that Manchester United were in a “race” to sign Frenkie de Jong? No, me neither.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "Did you know that Manchester United were in a “race” to sign Frenkie de Jong? No, me neither. Not much of a race when there’s no one else in it.De Jong doesn’t want to leave Barcelona but the club remains in serious financial trouble, unable even to register new players (Lewanddowski, Raphinha, etc) until they’ve offloaded quite a few of the existing ones. And United’s new boss Erik ten Hag believes he can coax De Jong away from the Nou Camp.It was Ten Hag, after all, who sold his Dutch compatriot to Barca in the first place, and the pair are understood to have a good relationship from their shared time at Ajax.But no one else has shown a flicker of interest in the midfielder — although you wouldn’t think that from some recent online headlines.Such as: “De Jong on why he’d pick United over City”. Or: “City could hijack United’s pursuit of De Jong”. There are others, all emanating from the red-tops and all saying roughly the same thing.Obviously I could rain on their parade by pointing out that City have zero intention of recruiting De Jong but there’s no point; the guys who write this nonsense already know that.They also know that “De Jong to United: latest” isn’t cutting it with the clicks any more, so why not introduce a non-existent “rival bidder” to spice things up a bit?And while we’re at it, let’s throw “Christian Eriksen to United” into the mix. After all, didn’t he play for Ajax too (albeit not when Ten Hag was there)? Several clubs are interested in signing the Dane, but none have the ‘search engine optimisation’ of Manchester United. Welcome to football’s silly season. And thank goodness there’s an open transfer window to hang this baloney on.There wouldn’t have been so much feverish interest in this particular window had Fifa not denied us a summer World Cup courtesy of their shameful link-up with Qatar.And, unfortunately for us hacks/football fans, the three biggest moves of this window appear have gone through already: Haaland to City, Nunez to Liverpool and Tchouameni to a Real Madrid clearly stung by the collapse of what would have been the “transfer of the decade” involving Monsieur Mbappe.There may be one or two others, but be careful what you wish for; history has shown that, the more expensive the transfer, the more likely the is to fail.Indeed, of the top 20 transfers in football history prior to this window, only a handful could be said to be an unqualified success.Luis Suarez’s 2014 transfer from Liverpool to Barca is one of them — painfully offset by Philippe Coutinho’s similar but subsequently disastrous move four years later.
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.Van Dijk, at £75m, is clearly one of few success stories in the top 20.Others, such as Neymar — top of the list at £198m from Barca to PSG — are not. And, despite his undoubted talent, Paris team-mate Kylian Mbappe, just behind the huffy, high-maintenance Brazilian on £163m — must also been regarded as a waste of Qatari petrodollars.That pair were bought half a decade ago with the express aim of bringing Champions League success to the French club. so far at least, that expensive project has patently failed —and both players have attempted to leave the club at least once.Ditto Cristiano Ronaldo’s move from Real to Juventus.Ronnie’s an unusual case, in that he appears twice on the list – one as an unqualified success (United to Real in 2008) and, latterly, as a regrettable financial aberration by the Italians.You could say something similar about Romelu Lukaku, whose move from United to Inter helped the break Juve’s domestic dominance but who has now inflicted serious buyer’s remorse on Chelsea.And don’t get me started on Paul Pogba and Harry Maguire. At least the latter of those two £80m-plus United signings tries his best but, unfortunately for him, his best is nowhere near good enough.I cite Ronaldo’s transfer to Real, Suarez and Van Dijk as the only indubitable successes on that list but there is still time for the likes of Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Atletico’s Joao Felix to justify their eye-watering fees. Also, you would have had Gareth Bale — with (technically at least) five Champions League wins at Los Blancos — listed as inarguable value for money, were it not for the way the Welshman morphed into a long-term, £600k-a-week bench-warming golfer.Obviously the list I painstakingly researched/googled does not allow for inflation, nor include sort of adjusted fees some of the greatest footballers of all time would command now.It’s really a moot point when you compare the ‘olden days’ to the stupid money sloshing around now but, just for fun, Ajax’s Johan Cruyff and Boca Juniors’ Diego Maradona would have cost Barca £11m and £17.5m respectively, Inter would have paid the Catalans £35m for the Brazilian Ronaldo, and Juve’s Zinedine Zidane would have cost Real £77m.Pele, George Best and Lionel Messi, however, never commanded a single penny between them in transfer fees(!)Meanwhile, United continue their efforts to win a one-horse race for Frenkie de Jong. Going by their recent record in the transfer market, you still wouldn’t bet against them finishing second."
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