Frenkie de Jong is 'no longer refusing to leave Barcelona'
Manchester United’s pursuit of Frenkie de Jong is awaiting a breakthrough, with supporters hoping for the first signing of the Erik ten Hag era to get over the line.
While Manchester United and Barcelona are still not in agreement over a fee, there is some development at the player’s end.
De Jong is open to a move to Manchester United, report Spanish newspaper Sport, who report Barcelona are waiting for a ‘great offer’.
Once a fee is agreed, United’s prospects of signing De Jong look a bit better than a few weeks ago, when the midfielder appeared dead set on staying at the Nou Camp.
De Jong ‘no longer refusing to leave Barcelona’
Sport report Frenkie de Jong is ‘no longer refusing to leave Barcelona’, and this is a key development behind the scenes.
De Jong is seemingly getting the hint, that Barcelona are giving the signals that he is up for sale, refusing to shut down the ongoing transfer talk.
The report adds that De Jong’s first reaction amid the transfer speculation was that he wanted to stay, and now he is ‘no longer opposed to an exit.’
Club president Joan Laporta said this week that Barcelona are prepared to sell an ‘important player’ this summer.
De Jong is regarded as the only option Barcelona would sell, as he is the only one who would command a top fee, who is not an academy player, who the club are particularly keen not to lose.
The two clubs are not yet in agreement on a fee, and United may have to bite the bullet and pay what Barcelona are demanding, rather than quibbling over a few million.
De Jong is a priority for new manager Erik ten Hag, and United need to start getting players in before the pre-season fixtures get underway.
The midfielder’s stance towards a move provides some encouragement. Now the onus is on United’s deal-makers to get the transfer agreed.