Manchester United might face late opposition for the signature of Dutch worldwide Frenkie de Jong, in response to a brand new report from Spain.
It has been extensively reported from dependable sources that United have opened formal negotiations with Barcelona for the 25-year-old, who’ve rejected the Purple Devils’ opening €60 million (£51m) plus €10 million ($8.5m) in bonuses bid.
It’s believed that the Blaugrana need one thing nearer to €80 million in money, to deliver them near recouping the €86 million they paid Ajax for his providers in 2019.
United, alternatively, won’t pay over the chances for the participant and consider their provide is a good reflection of his present market worth as quoted by transfermarkt.com.
“Barcelona … stay beneath extreme stress to stabilise their funds – money owed are nonetheless positioned at round €1 billion – regardless of the calls for of coach Xavi Hernandez to enhance his squad,” The Telegraph’s Jason Burt writes.
“Promoting De Jong will launch funds to enhance different areas of the staff.
“Though United are eager to signal De Jong the membership won’t pay over-the-odds for the participant and are ready to stroll away if a deal can’t be struck at what they regard as an inexpensive value.
“It’s understood there are different choices being thought-about ought to they not signal De Jong.”
There’s a suggestion right here, as was additionally mooted within the Spanish press on Thursday, that United really feel they’ve Barcelona over a barrel.
Nonetheless, this case would change considerably if different golf equipment have been to hitch the fray and, lo and behold!, Sport are actually claiming that some large names are making enquiries.
“Actually, not solely are United after him, but it surely additionally appears that PSG, Bayern and Metropolis, all Champions League groups and who had already been thinking about him when he ended up signing for Barça, wish to know his switch situations,” the Catalan outlet writes.
“That’s the reason, earlier than making a ultimate choice, he prefers to know what plan all his suitors have. What is evident is that he’s extra seduced by taking part in in an important European membership event than not doing so.”
That is precisely what United followers wouldn’t need to hear at this stage, however how true are these claims? It’s usually the case in negotiations comparable to these that the promoting membership leaks such tales to the media to panic the shopping for membership into growing their provide.
Paradoxically, in the identical vein it was reported yesterday that United’s title was getting used within the case of Benfica striker Darwin Nunez to push up the worth Liverpool have been ready to pay.
Followers can be hoping that that is the case with De Jong and that United can shut the deal shortly at a value nearer to the participant’s true worth.