Man Utd have sent a pair of heavyweights to Barcelona in hopes of finally ending their Frenkie de Jong transfer saga, according to a report.
De Jong’s Man Utd transfer saga has already been going on for over a month but reports continue to vary on whether any progress is actually being made. United have reportedly agreed in principle on a deal worth an initial £55million.
However, rumors coming from De Jong continue to suggest he is reluctant to join the Red Devils. The Dutchman is said to be giving up on Champions League football for next season at least, while the issue of unpaid wages is another complication.
De Jong is owed around €17m in salary to Barcelona after agreeing to defer a large part of his wages during the Covid pandemic.
Today Euro Paper Talk provided the latest news from Spain. Mundo Deportivo claimed that De Jong would soon be informed that his time at Camp Nou was over, while AS claimed that Barca are secretly working on the move behind De Jong’s back.
Barcelona has have agreed a deal to sign Leeds United ace Raphinha. This will have sparked excitement in Manchester as Barca’s ability to land the Brazilian may depend on how much money they collect from De Jong.
Now, athleticism provided the latest information on Man Utd’s efforts with club chiefs in the hope that their presence in person could speed up negotiations.
The state of the outlet Manchester United sent a delegation including CEO Richard Arnold and Director of Football John Murtough to Barcelona.
The pair will engage in face-to-face talks with their Barcelona counterparts, with De Jong’s potential transfer the clear and number one priority.
Man Utd cannot leave empty-handed
The Athletics The report reaffirms that De Jong is and has always been Erik ten Hag’s main target this summer.
United’s midfield, especially in the central areas, has long been seen as their weakest link.
Moreover, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba both left for free, while Andreas Pereira recently concluded a move to Fulham.
That leaves only Fred, Scott McTominay, Donny Van de Beek and incoming Christian Eriksen to be selected. James Garner excelled on loan with Nottingham Forest last season, although it may be too early to consider him for first-team selection at Old Trafford.
The fact that United’s transfer saga has been going on for so long hurts other areas too. A De Jong deal will require a significant wage commitment and an initial outlay of £55million.
Does Frenkie de Jong’s standoff affect other movements?
United can’t afford to spend freely in other departments until they know if the money set aside for De Jong will actually be used.
Yet another equally important position in Ten Hag’s squad may soon require attention: centre-forward.
Why do Manchester United want Frenkie de Jong?
Why Manchester United want Frenkie de Jong when the player apparently doesn’t want to move to Old Trafford?
Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford could be completed after a year. Ten Hag would have wants Antony from Ajax if Ronaldo goesalthough he may cost even more than De Jong.
For the sake of their window as a whole, United must soon come to a resolution in the De Jong saga. Leaving empty-handed would leave Ten Hag without his primary target and a month behind in his vital first window.