Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Manchester United have made an opening bid of up to £60m for Frenkie de Jong, which Barcelona have turned down. Romano has also indicated that de Jong has not revealed his desires to anyone.
The transfer guru said in a tweet – “Manchester United have made an opening proposal for Frenkie de Jong after talks started June 1. €60m plus €10m add-ons. Barcelona have turned down this opening bid – but clubs remain in contact.”
“De Jong has never indicated his desire to anyone. He’s still waiting,” he added. Earlier reports suggested that the Oranje playmaker was hesitant to join a club outside of the Champions League in the coming season, however, it seems de Jong may have had a change of heart.
Frenkie de Jong has played in different roles for Barcelona and the Dutch National Team
It is clear that de Jong’s performances for Blaugrana have largely not matched those in Oranje, with Xavier Hernandez tasking him with an attacking midfield role to accommodate the Dutchman in the same side as the club legend Sergio Busquets.
Playing as a single pivot in front of Louis van Gaal’s back three enables him the freedom to take the ball from the backline and do what he does best, get it up the pitch. In his own words, “I like to be the first player to receive the ball from the defenders”
Manchester United’s chances of signing Barcelona’s Frenkie De Jong
Manchester United are confident of securing an agreement with Barcelona for midfielder Frenkie de Jong after talks between the two clubs began. Erik Ten Hag has personally spoken to De Jong and has convinced his former Ajax star to come and work with him again. This personal intervention from the United boss is believed to have played a major part in the transfer progressing.
Barca manager Xavi has also spoken to De Jong and told him he would be happy for him to stay, but the club’s financial situation means he is one of the players they are willing to take offers for.
The Catalan giants have made it clear to United that they would need to pay around €75m plus extras worth around €10m to get the Dutch star, although the Red Devils’ current offer is €70m including add-ons.