Manchester United have been strongly linked with a move to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong this summer, with new manager Erik ten Hag identifying the 25-year-old as one of his top targets.
United have been encouraged to pursue a deal for De Jong in recent days, with the midfielder admitting that his role in the national team is different from the one he plays at club level.
Earlier this week, journalist and transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano provided an update on the situation, insisting that United are working hard to sign him and that Ten Hag views De Jong as a ‘statement’ signing.
Now, there are suggestions that a move could be complicated by Xavi Hernandez’s unwillingness to sanction a sale, with the Barcelona manager preferring to sign Manchester City star Bernardo Silva before doing so.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who say that although talks between the two clubs over an agreement have progressed, the deal has now hit a stumbling block.
Furthermore, De Jong is again said to be preferring to join a club in the Champions League, leaving Ten Hag with a huge task to convince the midfielder to spearhead United’s rebuild.
The pair’s successful working relationship in Amsterdam could have some bearing but as things stand, it’s looking like a move will hinge on whether Barcelona can pry Silva away from Manchester City.
Silva has three years remaining on his contract at City and should City decide to cash in on the Portugal international, it could work in United’s favour.