Fans think Frenkie De Jong is the character Man Utd needs after Mercedes story surfaced online

A story with Frenkie deJong and should give a free Mercedes car Manchester United Fans a glimpse of the midfielder’s ‘humble’ nature ahead of a potential transfer.

The 25-year-old Netherlands international has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer.

After showing interest in signing the former Ajax midfielder, United made an opening offer of £51.3million plus bonuses to Barcelona for the player’s services.

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That offer was quickly rejected by the Spanish side earlier this month. In fact, United hit back with a second offer of £56m on Thursday but that offer was rejected again, Marca claim.

Erik ten Hag, who coached De Jong for three years while at Ajax, is clearly a big fan of the midfielder

It was reported back in April that De Jong would be one of Ten Hag’s “priority targets” when he takes over and at one point he was calling him “every day” to discuss a potential move.

Ten Hag clearly wants a character like De Jong to give the Old Trafford dressing room a boost ahead of the new campaign – and a story told by the player’s father, John, should give fans a glimpse of his humble personality.

“That mindset is probably why he came to Ajax,” his father John said in a 2019 interview with Medium.

“After signing a contract in Amsterdam he got a Mercedes from the club. But when he showed it he was embarrassed. I sometimes call him Scrooge McDuck. He earns a lot but rarely spends.

“He just signed his contract and asked me: do you want a new car? I didn’t want to because I drive a Suzuki and it’s top notch but he gave me and his mum a little envelope.

“It was a wonderful moment,” added John. “He lives alone at the moment and has bought a house in Amsterdam with his girlfriend. When he has some free time, he comes over.”

John shared another story about the time De Jong visited his grandparents after winning a trophy.

“If he had won a trophy and was visiting grandpa and grandma, he would leave the trophy in the car,” he said. “He thought it was too ‘flashy’. No prima donna attitude, just a helpful person.”

Back in April, John de Jong said that weather conditions in Manchester could play a role in the possible upcoming transfer.

“It’s often bad weather there,” he told the Dutch publication Algemeen Dagblad (AD). “Of course it’s about football, but it matters.

“Obviously I know Barcelona need money and a great offer for Frenkie could help but I don’t see it any time soon. Although the top five European clubs all called.”

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