According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong ‘wants to stay at Barcelona,’ and negotiations over his personal terms could be crucial if he ends up at Old Trafford.
Tyrell Malacia, who joined from Feyenoord in a £14.7 million move, is the Red Devils’ first acquisition under Erik ten Hag, but de Jong is clearly on the Dutchman’s radar.
What is the most recent de Jong news?
Manchester United has negotiated a set fee with Barcelona for de Jong, according to Romano, but conversations are still ongoing because there is still misunderstanding about how the add-ons, which would increase the Red Devils’ spending to £73 million, can be triggered.
Despite an agreement between the parties, it is thought that the Red Devils have still to discuss personal conditions with the central midfielder.
While Barcelona president Joan Laporta has stated that he has no intention of authorizing de Jong’s departure, he has advised that the Dutchman take a wage cut in order to remain on the books of the La Liga giants.
However, Manchester United’s chances of wooing de Jong away from the Nou Camp have been increased because Romano earlier told GIVEMESPORT that the 25-year-old is unwilling to accept reduced terms.
De Jong’s current Barcelona contract, which expires in four years, is earning £164,000 per week.
What did Fabrizio Romano have to say about de Jong?
Romano understands that de Jong would want to stay with his current employers rather than join Manchester United.
Negotiations regarding personal terms, according to the transfer expert, may result in a change of heart.
“The player’s side is the actual point since it’s true that Frenkie de Jong wants to stay at Barcelona, so let’s see how the negotiations of the personal terms go,” Romano told GIVEMESPORT.
“The personal terms are incredibly important for Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United.”
Is Manchester United the only team interested in signing De Jong?
According to The Guardian, Chelsea is keeping an eye on developments and may pursue de Jong if his transfer to Manchester United falls through.
According to the article, Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel is a major fan of the 44-cap Netherlands international.
If de Jong were to leave Barcelona, it is believed that he would like to join a club competing in the Champions League.
Manchester United cannot compete with the west Londoners, who finished third in the Premier League last season.