Barcelona are reportedly demanding €100m for Frenkie de Jong, after rejecting Manchester United’s €60m offer for the Dutchman.
De Jong, 25, has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford, having been drafted in as Erik ten Hag’s top transfer target this summer.
According to Daily Mail, having previously wanted to stay at Barcelona, the midfielder is now interested in a move to Manchester United.
fabrice romano reports that the Red Devils have seen a €60m offer rejected by Barca but talks are still ongoing.
De Jong has already played under Ten Hag during his time at Ajax, winning the Eredivisie title and the KNVB Cup.
According to Romano, De Jong hasn’t clearly indicated his intention to leave the Nou Camp and is waiting to see what will happen regarding the negotiations.
However, Barcelona’s current financial situation lends itself to the player’s departure from the club this summer. The Blaugrana are looking to make around €100m off the Dutchman’s sale (per monthESPN).
Xavi Hernandez has alluded in the past to how a potential transfer is helping the club’s financial situation, saying (via Mirror):
“For me Frenkie is a great player, he’s a beast – I like him and I think he can be part of an important era for the club. We will see the economic situation of the club… but I like DeJong.”
De Jong still has four years left on his current contract with Blaugrana. He made 46 appearances last season, scoring four goals and providing six assists.
Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong praises Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag
Frenkie de Jong has previously praised Erik ten Hag’s coaching, having played under the Dutch tactician at Ajax.
He told ESPN:
“All technical staff [at Ajax] were really important after moving to Barcelona in 2019. You can have quality players, but you also need good tactics. I think that’s one of the most important things in football today and for me we had some amazing tactics.”
De Jong alluded to the winning mentality that Ten Hag instills, saying:
“Every game I had the feeling, ‘OK, we’re going to beat them because we’re going to do this, that and that and we have quality players.’ So I think a big part of the success has also been the technical staff.”
“It’s really, really important that you have good tactics, that you know how an opponent is going to press, what you’re going to do against them and I think we were prepared on all those things.”
Manchester United fans will certainly be excited by De Jong’s comments about their new manager.