Frenkie de Jong: Man Utd ‘fail with new £56m offer after falling short of Barcelona’s asking price’
Barcelona ‘rejects Manchester United’s improved £56m bid for Frenkie de Jong’ as it still falls under the Spanish club’s valuation…
- Manchester United yet to reach agreement with Barcelona over Frenkie de Jong
- New Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag wants to reunite with the player this summer
- Reports in Spain suggest United have recently increased their bid to £56m
- However, Barça have made it clear that they will only sell De Jong for £65 million
- The Spanish outfit would like to refund the fee they spent on him in 2019
Manchester United are still failing to meet Barcelona’s asking price for Frenkie de Jong, despite raising their latest offer to £56million, according to reports in Spain.
De Jong has emerged as one of United’s main transfer targets this summer, and new boss Erik ten Hag is keen to bring the former Ajax midfielder to Old Trafford.
Red Devils CEO Richard Arnold recently confirmed the club’s plans to sign him in a secretly recorded conversation with supporters at a Cheshire pub, where he insisted money is ‘not a consideration’ if they join Ten Hag’s squad. .
Manchester United still fall short on Barcelona’s asking price for Frenkie de Jong
Although according to the Spanish publication marcaUnited have yet to reach a deal with Barca after their latest £56million offer was rejected.
Arnold and Co would have first come up short with a £51 million offer plus £17 million in add-ons, before raising their offer to £56 million.
However, Barca want to get back the £65million they paid to sign De Jong from Ajax in 2019, meaning United are still £8million short of their valuation.
The Spanish club is currently facing financial difficulties behind the scenes, leaving them open to a sale at the right price.
Erik ten Hag has designated his former player as a top target at Old Trafford this summer
Ten Hag and De Jong previously worked together at Ajax, national champion in 2018/19
United, aware of those economic constraints, have tried to keep the price as low as possible, but despite their woes, Barca are in no rush to sell.
It is believed that relieving De Jong will not affect their reported pursuit of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, nor their requirement to fall under Spain’s Financial Fair Play regulations to spend 70 percent of their total income. .
As a result, they are still holding out for United to pay their £65million worth in full before they are allowed to enter into talks with the player and his representatives.
But United are falling short of Barca’s £65million asking price, which the Spanish club are looking to recoup after paying to sign De Jong in 2019.
De Jong, who still has four years left on his contract at the Camp Nou, made 140 appearances for Barca, scored 13 goals and won the Copa del Rey.
He previously worked with Ten Hag at Ajax, where they claimed the Dutch title and reached the Champions League final in seconds in 2019.
The 25-year-old isn’t the only player on Ten Hag’s radar, however, as reports suggest United are also getting closer to signing current Ajax winger Antony.