Manchester United are still looking to bolster their squad this summer, and Frenkie de Jong is one of their main targets in the transfer window.
The Premier League club have been in talks with Barcelona and the player for some time in an effort to sign the midfielder, but so far those talks have not yielded the results either club are seeking. The English club have only slightly improved on their initial proposal.
Manchester United initially bid 60 million euros, with 20m more in variables. Barcelona want more than the fixed amount of 65 million euros that was discussed in the most recent contact between the two clubs.
Minimum sale price
To even consider an exit, Barcelona have set a minimum price of 75 million euros. The Catalans paid Ajax that much for the player in 2019.
Barcelona are sticking to this figure and have no plans to lower it. Manchester Unitedmeanwhile, are attempting to negotiate for the best price because they are aware of Barcelona‘s financial situation.
But the Catalans are in no rush. They feel they are making progress with their wage bill issue, but the sale of the Dutchman would not necessarily mean that Robert Lewandowski would be brought in right away.
De Jong’s thoughts on a Barcelona exit
Barcelona are still waiting for Manchester United to meet the asking price that they have set for De Jongand ven if the Catalans accepted the English club’s offer, they would still have to convince the player to move.
“I am at the biggest club in the world and I feel good here,” De Jong recently said.
De Jong’s future at Barcelona
Frenkie de Jong is aware of the speculation surrounding his departure. He’s always had the plan to stay at Barcelona.
He feels at ease in the city and at the club, though it would be difficult for him to stay if he saw that the Catalan club opened the doors for him to leave.
The Ten Hag factor
Erik ten Hagwho has already spoken to the player, is an important figure.
De Jong is familiar with him because he had his greatest years at Ajax under the coach’s orders.