Manchester United playing hardball in negotiation with Barcelona regarding Frenkie de Jong 

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Manchester United have reportedly told the Barcelona hierarchy that they are not willing to break their bank in order to sign Frenkie de Jong as per the report in the English outlet Daily Mail

The 25-year-old is reportedly the priority option for Erik ten Hag to address the midfield issue at the Old Trafford stadium, while the Netherlands international is reportedly willing to stay at Camp Nou. 

Recent reports are claiming that the Blaugrana are pondering about cashing in the Dutchman in order to raise funds and address their financial problems despite Xavi being willing to keep hold of their star midfielder. 

Transfer journalist close to Barcelona, Gerard Romero, had earlier reported that Manchester United and Barcelona are in contact regarding a potential summer move for Frenkie de Jong. 

Meanwhile, Daily Mail has reported that the Red Devils have told the Catalan giants that they have no intention of spending £70 million on the Dutchman this summer. Xavi’s side are reportedly keen on recouping the £65 million fees that they spent back in 2019 for the 25-year-old. 

The record Premier League champions have told the same to the Dutch midfielder and a compromise is seemingly some way off, given the Red Devils don’t want to spend a big chunk of their transfer budget on a single player. 

Our View:

Frenkie De Jong will be an apt acquisition for Manchester United to play under Erik ten Hag’s system. The Dutch duo have already worked together at Ajax and therefore, the Netherlands international will take less time to adapt at the Old Trafford stadium. 

However, several reports have claimed that the 25-year-old has no interest in joining the Red Devils, given the record Premier League champions will not be able to offer him Champions League football. However, despite that the new boss Ten Hag is trying hard to persuade the midfielder to join the red half of Manchester. 

If it is to be the case then the club’s hierarchy should not waste time persuading a player who is reluctant to join. Manchester United need to sign young players who have the appetite to showcase their best for the Old Trafford outfit. 

So, it will be interesting to see whether De Jong will join or not. The Dutchman would certainly be a good fit for Manchester United. However, if he is not ready to join then the club’s hierarchy should distance themselves from this deal. 

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