Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong is one of Manchester United's top targets this summer
Frenkie De Jong is one of Manchester United’s top targets this summer (Getty)

Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong is set to turn down the chance to join Manchester United this summer due to their lack of Champions League football, according to reports in Spain.

Earlier this week, reports claimed that United were in the driving seat to sign De Jong at the end of the season, with Barcelona keen to balance their finances by selling their £65 million signing.

De Jong would also have the chance to link back up with incoming United manager Erik ten Hag, who he played under for nearly two years at Ajax.

Reports this week have claimed that Ten Hag has made the signing of De Jong one of his top priorities for United’s summer transfer window.

But according to Cadena SER, De Jong has ‘no interest’ in joining United as they are out of the Champions League.

De Jong is said to have told those close to him that his preference is to remain at Barcelona but if he were to leave this summer, he would only be willing to join a team who are capable of winning the Champions League.

VALENCIA, SPAIN - APRIL 10: Frenkie de Jong of FC Barcelona battles for possession with Ruben Vezo and Jose Campana of Levante during the La Liga Santander match between Levante UD and FC Barcelona at Ciutat de Valencia Stadium on April 10, 2022 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Frenkie de Jong’s priority is to stay at Barcelona and compete for the Champions League (Getty)

Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have also been monitoring De Jong’s situation at Barca.

Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo report that Barca boss Xavi has also made it clear to De Jong that he is part of his plans going forward.

‘He is playing at a very good level and has to continue here – he can be one of the best midfielders in the world for years to come,’ Xavi said when asked about De Jong’s future last month.

‘If it were up to me, I would continue here for many more years. He is very important and can mark an era here.

‘He has to score, assist and he has to be the protagonist.’

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