Manchester United is planning a last bid for Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, and manager Erik ten Hag is eager to land his top transfer target.
The 25-year-pursuit old’s by United is the summer’s biggest transfer story, and he was highlighted as a priority acquisition back in May.
The teams agreed a few weeks ago, but de Jong wants to stay at Camp Nou.
According to Sport, the Red Devils are ready to make de Jong their highest-paid player and match his current weekly pay of £450,000.
Furthermore, United has stated that they are willing to pay de Jong the £17 million in deferred salaries owed to him by Barcelona.
The Catalan giants are currently on tour in the United States, and United officials are eager to talk with representatives of the Netherlands international when he returns next month.
De Jong postponed a large payment during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, and he would like that money back before being forced out.
After adding Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie, Raphinha, and Robert Lewandowski, Barcelona is aiming to reduce its pay expenditure.
They have warned de Jong that he must take a hefty pay cut or go.
If he decides to go, it is believed he would prefer to join a Champions League squad.
After finishing sixth in the Premier League, United will compete in the Europa League this season.
Chelsea is thought to be interested, and Thomas Tuchel’s team will compete in Europe’s elite league.
De Jong made his preseason debut in the early hours of Sunday, assisting Barcelona to a 2-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls.
He was back in midfield after starting in center defense against Inter Miami, Real Madrid, and Juventus.
In his post-match press conference, Barcelona manager Xavi was asked about de Jong’s future and stated, “I don’t know if he’s going to stay, there’s still time and a lot of things can still happen.” He is currently a member of the team, just like everyone else.”
“The fact that he played as a central defender in the previous games was not a clue that he was going,” Xavi said when asked about playing de Jong out of position.
“I don’t need to transmit signals on the field; I can communicate directly with my players.”