Manchester United are 'not happy' with Frenkie de Jong situation, says Romano

Manchester United are ‘not happy’ with the state of play of the Frenkie de Jong transfer deal, says Fabrizio Romano via YouTube.

United have an agreement for a transfer with Barcelona worth £63 million up front and £8.5 million in add-ons, The Athletic report.

This agreement was reported back on July 14, and there has been no progress since. Frenkie de Jong is digging his heels in and is not currently willing to accept a transfer.

Issuing an update on the situation, Fabrizio Romano says United’s bid is still accepted. But De Jong remains as determined as ever to stay.

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Manchester United are ‘not happy’

The sense of frustration among Manchester United fans set in weeks ago. The club should have walked away the moment Barcelona took De Jong on pre-season tour in mid-July.

Romano explained that the frustration is also being felt at Manchester United, with the deal no closer to conclusion, despite the club continuing to push for the move.

He said: “Man United are not happy with the developments. It is more than two months working on this deal and still  no update. Man United still have an agreement with Barcelona, not with Frenkie de Jong.

“Frenkie as of today is still insisting to stay at Barcelona and not take a salary cut. This is an important point. Frenkie doesn’t want to reduce is salary, Frenkie wants to continue at Barcelona.

“He loves the city, he loves the club, he feels the team is fantastic, he wants to stay.”

Romano added that Chelsea are really interested in De Jong, but they do not have an agreement with Barcelona. He adds that Chelsea will not submit an offer, ‘unless they know the player is open to the move.’

It’s possible United had some encouragement De Jong was open to a move to Old Trafford, but from the outside, it certainly does not appear this way.

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The longer United let this drag out, the harder it becomes to pivot to a replacement, with clubs likely to hike prices realising how desperate the Red Devils will be late in the window.

De Jong is a special player, worth going big for, and United’s determination is in some way admirable. But when the culmination of this saga dragging on so long, is starting another season with Fred and Scott McTominay in the starting line-up, then United’s approach looks considerably ill-advised.

We might speculate that the club’s reported unhappiness with developments may lead to finally shelving the deal and moving for another option. Better late than never.

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