Spanish press explain how Barcelona reacted to Manchester United's Frenkie de Jong bid

Barcelona are confident they hold ‘the aces’ in negotiations with Manchester United for Frenkie de Jong.

This is because Barcelona are quite content to keep De Jong and use him in their squad next season, despite their preference to cash in.

Spanish newspaper AS write: “The sale of De Jong is not fundamental and if he stays, he will be an important player for the coach and for the club.”

Barcelona want 80 million Euros, which works out at £69 million, a minor profit on the £65 million they paid to sign him from Ajax in 2019, and they are reportedly not prepared to deal for less.

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How Barcelona reacted to Manchester United’s Frenkie de Jong bid

United offered 60 million Euros (£51 million) plus add-ons, hoping Barcelona’s financial situation would prompt them into a quick sale.

AS write: “United’s offer to Barça for the player is scarce in the eyes of the Catalan leaders. The English for once have found a patient Barça.”

Barcelona are well aware of United’s ‘terrible season’ and the pressure the club are under from the fans, amid unrest falling behind rivals Liverpool and City, on and off the pitch.

Dragging the negotiations out is serving to weaken United’s stance, with Barcelona able to resist the pressure financially, while fan frustration among Red Devils supporters is growing.

AS add: “Whoever can withstand the pressure the longest will win financially.”

The big frustration for United is that this deal has held up the rest of the club’s transfer business, and with non-international players returning for pre-season on June 27, no deals at all have been done.

Even if a deal for De Jong is quickly concluded, the celebration will be short-lived. With so much time wasted, United fans will simply want to move onto the next.

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