Barcelona want 'absolutely essential' De Jong deal done as quickly as possible
Barcelona are aiming to push a move for Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United through as quickly as possible.
Spanish outlet ARA report this is the ‘final sprint’ for the De Jong to Manchester United transfer.
The report, published today, says “the transfer operation of Frenkie de Jong is absolutely essential,” for Barcelona financially, going onto describe it as an ‘imperative need’.
It adds: “The ARA has been able to confirm that the operation to transfer the Dutch midfielder to Manchester United has entered the final stretch. It is not even ruled out that the final agreement will take place before this Thursday, June 30, the day on which the financial year closes.”
‘Absolutely essential’ De Jong deal
While the move for Frenkie de Jong is ‘absolutely essential’ for Barcelona in a financial sense, it is also just as crucial for Manchester United in sporting sense. Arguably more so.
And this has been what the hold-up has been about, with differing valuations between the two clubs needing to be compromised.
ARA reported Barcelona initially wanted the total cost with add-ons to stretch to 100 million Euros, but have since climbed down to 85 million Euros.
This is in line with the £73 million total cost reported by Fabrizio Romano, of which only £56 million could be paid up front.
Agreeing personal terms will be the next step, and it’s possible United still may have to sell De Jong on a deal. There remain conflicting reports over where he stands on this.
Marca report United boss Erik ten Hag has played a key role in convincing the midfielder to join. Before we get to this stage, United have to complete negotiations with Barcelona.
From the Spanish side’s perspective, the deal now seems so important that there will be no room for De Jong to back out, once the agreement with United is struck.