Frenkie de Jong is the player that Manchester United have been most heavily linked with in recent weeks, ever since Erik ten Hag has been appointed as the club’s new manager. Till now though, they have not been able to reach an agreement with Barcelona over the transfer of the Dutch midfielder, even though the deal is not completely off the table yet.
It is believed that Barcelona are willing to let De Jong leave this summer if the right offer arrives for him.
On the other hand, Manchester United appear to be keen on reuniting De Jong with Ten Hag, under whose management he played some of the best football of his career and was instrumental in Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-finals a few years back. A big move to Barcelona followed but his time at Camp Nou has not gone as expected till now.
Thus, a reunion with Ten Hag might not be a bad idea for De Jong to rediscover his best form, and now, Fabrizio Romano has given an update on the situation. As reported by GIVEMESPORT, the journalist said:
“The salary of De Jong is a problem, as of today, for Barcelona. So, this is why the situation is still open, it’s now up to United to reach an agreement with Barca.”
Manchester United handed De Jong hope by Fabrizio
The economic situation at Barcelona has been a problem for them for quite a while and it even saw Lionel Messi leave the club last summer, even though it was clear that the desire from all parties involved was for him to remain at Camp Nou.
As a result, with De Jong believed to be one of the highest earners at the club, it would not be a huge surprise if Barcelona were ready to let him leave in order to restructure things.
It also remains to be seen if Manchester United are able to reach an agreement with De Jong or not. Despite the presence of Ten Hag at the club, they might have some convincing to do, as the Red Devils have not been anywhere near their best in almost a decade and don’t even have Champions League football to offer, having finished 6th in the Premier League last time around.