According to reliable football journalist Gerard Romero, Manchester United are reportedly close to completing a stunning €80 Million move for Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong.
The new Man United manager Erik Ten Hag wants to reunite with his former player at Ajax, as he wants Frenkie De Jong to lead the midfield at Old Trafford. He is said to think very highly of the Barcelona midfielder and has made him a top target this summer.
Frenkie De Jong was a part of the wonder team of Ajax during the 2018/19 season, which knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus out of the Champions League in a sensational run to the semi-finals. The midfielder has a very good relationship with the Dutch manager, which may help in the transfer to Old Trafford.
According to Gerard Romero, it is 95% confirmed that Barcelona will receive around €80 Million for Frenkie de Jong, who will join Manchester United.
It is understood that Frenkie De Jong is one of the main players under new manager Xavi. However, the board want to use the midfielder to ease the financial struggles of the club and believe the deal is a good one.
Sources close to the club believe Barcelona may have put Frenkie de Jong in the market against the wish of the player.
Frenkie had just bought a house in Barcelona and wants to succeed with the Catalan club. He also wants to play Champions League football and believes Xavi trusts him. However, Frenkie is now unsettled as he feels the club intends to use his transfer to lighten their financial burden.
“The quality of your players decide how you will play, and with what system,” Ten Hag said on his use of De Jong back in 2019.
“We had to find a way to make Frenkie function in the best possible way. You saw his incredible talent, but where do we have to use him to get the best out of him and his talent?”
There is no doubt of the fact that Erik Ten Hag thinks highly of the Dutch midfielder. However, with Barcelona lacking in terms of quality midfielders, this seems like a huge transfer blow. It is just a way for the board at the Nou Camp to bring in money to lessen their financial debt.