De Jong, 25, is a priority target for new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag this summer as he looks to strengthen the spine of his team, but he faces an battle to sign him, with the silky performer having insisted he is already at his 'dream' side.
However, his comments after his country's 4-1 victory over Belgium, a game in which he delivered an eye-catching performance, may hand the Red Devils the impetus.
Speaking to NOS post-match, De Jong opened up on his preferred style of play.
"I like to be the first player to receive the ball from the defenders. In the national team I play differently compared to Barca. And I think this one fits me better," he said.
He was also quizzed on whether the goal with Holland is to get on the ball "as much as possible" during games, to which he responded with: "Yeah, sure."
United are said to have ramped up their efforts to lure him to Old Trafford and reunite him with his former Ajax coach. Barcelona need to cut costs as a result of their dire financial situation, which is preventing them from splashing the cash.
Therefore, Xavi is understood to be prepared the let the midfielder leave.