Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United: Fabrizio Romano offers update

Manchester United are preparing to submit a new offer for Frenkie de Jong, claims Fabrizio Romano.

United and Barcelona are yet to agree a transfer fee for the midfielder, despite the player being Erik ten Hag’s first choice option. No players have yet been signed this summer.

Journalist Romano claims it is a ‘serious possibility’ that United submit a new bid in the coming days, with talks still ongoing.

The pace this transfer is progressing at is becoming infuriating to Manchester United supporters, and it was claimed by The Athletic that new manager Erik ten Hag is ‘frustrated’ at the delays.

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There is more than £10 million difference between the two clubs in their valuations of the midfielder.

It appears like United could make a decisive move this week, but even Romano’s update indicates developments are taking place at snail’s pace.

Rather than discussing internally about whether to make a move, and deliberating, United need to make a firm move. Why not submit a new offer tonight, rather than a few days time?

Romano previously reported that an offer of 60 million Euros plus 10m in add-ons was rejected by Barcelona.

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De Jong is the key to the rest of United’s business, as his move will set the budget for the rest of the transfers.

Marca report he is a player who manager Erik ten Hag plans to build around, writing: “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.”

We do believe United will eventually get this move done, but it could quite easily all fall apart. United ideally need to get new players in before the club flies out on pre-season tour in early July.

  • FRENKIE DE JONG: Factfile
  • De Jong made his Ajax debut in 2018 and by 2019 he was playing in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
  • He played 59 games under manager Erik ten Hag, losing only six times.
  • Barcelona paid £65 million to sign him, he is their sixth most expensive signing.
  • He has played 139 times for Barcelona, scoring 13 times, including in the final as they won the 20/21 Copa del Rey.
  • At the age of 25 he already has more than 40 international caps with the Netherlands and is looking ahead to his first World Cup.
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