According to recent reports from The Telegraph, Manchester City have ‘distanced themselves’ from a possible summer move for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
The Dutch midfielder continues to be linked with a move to English giants Manchester United, as negotiations begin to heat up.
Barcelona are in a process of fixing their finances and need to clear their wage bill to sign players in the summer. De Jong, who hasn’t been able to recapture his Ajax form with the Catalan giants, could be one of the players moving out.
Since joining Barcelona from Ajax in 2019, De Jong hasn’t quite taken the Spanish league by storm, showing flashes of brilliance.
The midfielder has made 138 appearances for the Blaugrana, scoring 13 and assisting 17 goals.
Sports Journalist Gerard Romero have claimed that Manchester United have a 95% probability of signing the Dutchman with incoming manager Erik ten Hag keen on a reunion.
Frankie De Jong is reportedly on a £200,000-a-week wages after tax and has two years left on his contract with Barcelona.
Barcelona signed him for £75 million in 2019 and will want to recoup most of the amount they spent on him.
It was subsequently reported that the Red Devils aren’t the only side interested in De Jong’s signature with a ‘lot of other clubs’ monitoring his situation.
But recent reports from The Telegraph have now claimed that Manchester City have pulled out of the race to sign the midfielder.