Manchester United hopeful of doing deal for Frenkie de Jong for £50m
Manchester United are hoping Barcelona’s financial troubles will open the door to sign Frenkie de Jong for far below their asking price.
Fabrizio Romano reported this week that Manchester United have begun ‘direct talks’ with Barcelona over a deal for the Dutch midfielder.
Those talks were said to involve Barcelona starting discussions at their preferred asking price of 85 million Euros, which is £72.5 million.
Manchester United view the situation differently, with Barcelona needing to sell to fix their own financial problems, and facilitate their own incoming moves.
Hopeful of doing deal for Frenkie de Jong for £50m
Manchester United smartly see the opportunity, and The Sun report the club are optimistic of doing a deal for just £50 million.
The two teams may end up meeting somewhere in the middle, but it seems United hold the cards in negotiations due to Barcelona’s financial troubles.
United may be able to strike a deal involving add-ons, or installments, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the £50 million fee is a lot closer than Barcelona’s overly optimistic £72.5 million.
The major challenge, as we know by now, is convincing Frenkie de Jong to leave Barcelona.
He said once again this week that staying at Barcelona is his preferred option, via ESPN.
This could change quickly if a Barcelona director tells him point blank that he must leave for the sake of the club financially, and De Jong would have to re-assess.
Rejoining his former manager Erik ten Hag would have to be a temptation, and this one can’t be ruled out entirely just yet.
A £50 million fee for De Jong would leave funds for a midfield partner for him too, completely reshaping United’s weakest position.
De Jong is a player who is comfortable in possession and able to dictate games, traits United’s midfield has been sorely lacking in recent seasons. There is a reason why United are being so persistent in their pursuit.