According to the Athletic journalist Laurie Whitwell, Frenkie de Jong has agreed to join Manchester United. The Dutchman has given a ‘private indication’ to the move, it is explained.
Barcelona and Man United are yet to agree on the transfer fee. The Catalans want around €80 Million for the 25-year-old, but the Red Devils are reluctant to pay this much straight away.
Manchester United already made an opening bid for the Dutch midfielder, but the bid of around £60 Million plus add-ons was denied by the board of Barcelona. However, even though Xavi is fond of Frenkie de Jong, the Barcelona board want to sell him to raise money for other signings as well as fair play regulations.
Frenkie de Jong had already expressed his views, saying that he did not want to leave Camp Nou.
“I prefer to stay in Barcelona, I’ve said it before. Barça is the club of my dreams since I was little.”
Even the Barcelona boss Xavi admitted that the midfielder was the future of the club. Yet now, it seems like all the parties have decided it is in the mutual benefit for him to move to Old Trafford. Considering the poor transfer policy of the Catalans and their desperate financial situation, this is not a shocker.
When Erik Ten Hag first contacted Frenkie de Jong, the midfielder did not seem to interested and cited that Man United failing to qualify for the Champions League was the reason. It seems like his stance on the situation has changed after sources reported a meeting with former manager Ten Hag.
Ten Hag explained to De Jong how he is planning to bring the glory years back to Old Trafford. The manager wants to build a team around the Dutch midfielder and is ready to make him the head of the project.
He has been advised not to speak publicly about his proposed move to Old Trafford until both United and Barcelona have agreed on a transfer fee.