Manchester United may have to make an unusual decision to get Frenkie de Jong transfer completed

Manchester United appeared to be closing in on a move for Frenkie de Jong late last week, with The Times reporting talks had begun with Barcelona.

The weekend has passed and no agreement has been reached, despite Barcelona president Joan Laporta admitting the club are ready to sell an important player this summer.

The MEN report United are Barcelona are still not seeing eye to eye on price, and that the Red Devils are ready to walk away from negotiations if need be.

This feels on one hand like a typical United negotiating ploy to try and get Barcelona to cave, and on the other hand, typical of United dragging their feet in the transfer market for the sake of penny pinching.

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United may have to make unusual decision to get Frenkie de Jong

Manchester United then may have to make an unusual decision to get Frenkie de Jong over the line. What is that, you ask?

The answer is simple – paying more than the club believe to be a fair price.

Everybody has different views on player valuations, and Barcelona still regard De Jong highly. In a normal circumstance, he would not be on the market, but the La Liga club’s financial situation is pushing them into a sale. But understandably, they don’t want to give him away.

If United believed De Jong is worth £60 million, and Barcelona want £80 million, and they just aren’t budging, then United may just have to pay the £80 million.

This is not a recommended stance on all targets – but with a player regarded as they centre-piece of new manager Erik ten Hag’s project, then it is important to rip up the club’s self-imposed rule book and get the deal done.

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Marca reported last week that Erik ten Hag has pledged to make De Jong the key part of his Manchester United project.

The report explains: “He has told him that the whole game will revolve around him, being the reference in midfield. His place is assured and with the honours of being the conductor of the new project at Old Trafford.”

United need to back Ten Hag, and give him the player he wants. His heart is set on signing the Netherlands international, and United need to make it happen. This isn’t the type of deal you back out of, to save £10-15 million.

Louis van Gaal warned Ten Hag he was joining a ‘commercial club’ and not a football club. Ten Hag felt this wasn’t the case. We wonder how quickly his view may differ if the board let him down by dithering over his number one transfer target.

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