De Jong has emerged as Manchester United’s top midfield target and the club are pressing forward with an attempt to sign the Barcelona star.
Ten Hag has been in conversations with his former Ajax player for several weeks as he looks to convince him to move to Old Trafford.
The Dutchman remains unsure about joining Manchester United due to them not being in the Champions League next season.
And according to Catalan broadcaster TV3, Ten Hag has been trying to impress upon the midfielder that it will only be just one season out of Europe’s elite.
The Manchester United manager has been trying to assure the player that the Red Devils will be back in Europe’s premier competition next season.
Ten Hag wants De Jong at Manchester United as he trusts the midfielder and believes he could become a crucial tactical signing.
The Manchester United boss has also prioritised fixing midfield before carrying out surgery on other areas of the squad.
Barcelona are prepared to sell given their financial conditions but Manchester United want them to bring down their €80m asking price.