Manchester United have rejected a request from Barcelona for Harry Maguire to be part of the Frenkie de Jong deal, according to reports.
The Red Devils are closing in on signing their main target and finally announce the first major entry into the Erik ten Hag regime.
talkSPORT told you on Sunday that United are keen to complete the deal by June 30.
They are set to agree a £68m fee for the Dutch midfielder, who previously worked with Ten Hag at Ajax.
The Sun report that Barcelona were keen on Harry Maguire being part of De Jong’s deal.
The defender struggled last season, as did much of the United squad, and the £80m defender bore the brunt of the frustrations of fans at the time.
However, the Red Devils flatly refused to have their club captain part of the negotiations and it will now be a direct cash-only deal for De Jong.
Ten Hag is said to be keen to work with the 29-year-old as he begins his reign at Old Trafford.
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Man United set date to complete De Jong deal as Ten Hag close in on main target
The Dutchman will no doubt be delighted to finally secure a signing down the line, having already seen rivals Man City, Liverpool and Tottenham all go from strength to strength.
United have also offered playmaker Christian Eriksen a contract, while Ajax winger Antony remains a top target for the club.
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