Frenkie de Jong's fiancee Mikky Kiemeney 'desperate' to stay at Barcelona
Manchester United’s attempts to sign Frenkie de Jong appeared to hit a brick wall a month ago.
Despite a £63 million offer plus add-ons being accepted for the midfielder, The Athletic reports, De Jong has shown no signs of being willing to join Manchester United.
The hold-up has caused frustration at Old Trafford, with manager Erik ten Hag ‘frustrated’ by the situation, The Mail report.
Amid an ongoing wage dispute between De Jong and Barcelona, there are personal factors at play too.
Frenkie de Jong’s fiancee Mikky Kiemeney ‘desperate’ to stay at Barcelona
The extra factor behind Frenkie de Jong’s desire to stay at Barcelona down the fact he is settled off the pitch.
The Telegraph report his fiancee Mikky Kiemeney “in particular, is understood to be desperate to continue living in Barcelona.”
This adds a new dynamic to Manchester United’s pursuit of the midfielder, one the club may be unable to overcome.
The couple got engaged during a recent trip to the USA in late June, and rather than up sticks to begin a new life in England, they appear keen to stay put in Spain.
Kiemeney one of two women dictating Manchester United’s transfer business
Mikky Kiemeney is one of two women having a major say in Manchester United’s chase for midfielders this summer.
With De Jong’s fiancee pushing for a stay at Barcelona, United have turned attention to French international Adrien Rabiot.
United director John Murtough was set to fly out this week to negotiate with Rabiot’s mother Veronique Rabiot, who is also his agent.
She is a controversial character, who is likely to drive a hard bargain. She will have the key say in whether the deal goes ahead.