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Barcelona president hands Man Utd another blow with Frenkie de Jong statement

Frenkie de Jong is the subject of this summer’s big transfer saga, with the midfielder being heavily linked with a move to Manchester United this summer.

The 25-year-old is Erik ten Hag’s number one target this summer and Barcelona may be forced to cash in on their star due to their financial difficulties.

Ideally, Ten Hag would have liked to have De Jong signed by now but the club’s pursuit of the Dutch midfielder has been protracted.

Last week, Barcelona president Joan Laporta rejected any idea that Barcelona were keen on selling De Jong this summer, insisting that he’s not for sale.

Laporta has now doubled down on that statement, delivering another blow to Ten Hag’s plans of revamping United’s engine room.

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“Frenkie de Jong is Barcelona player – we don’t want to sell him unless we have no other choice,” he is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News. “Of course, we know there are offers for de Jong — but we don’t want to sell him.”

As per the report, an agreement in principle has been already been reached with Barcelona, with Laporta waiting for the transfer to go through before pressing ahead with plans to strengthen the Catalan club.

SN’s verdict…
United fans are growing increasingly frustrated with this saga and Laporta’s comments certainly won’t ease any minds ahead of a huge month.

A saga stretching into the start of the season is the last thing United want and there must come a point where it’s better to walk away and focus on other targets.

Earlier on Wednesday, it was revealed that Barcelona’s debt to De Jong could be one of the reasons for the deal to hit a speed bump. Laporta’s statement could also be mind games but for now, it’s unsettling.

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7 Comments

  1. It is very clear to me that Barcelona are playing United for fools and we are allowing it to happen.Either they want to sell him or they don’t.Since United started this process City have signed Phillips,Liverpool signed Nunez,Arsenal signjed Jesus plus a few others Spurs so far have signed at least 6 new players.United are being played and they are allowing this charade to happen.Please wake up and complete the deal or walk away.Show some respect for the club instead of making us a laughing stock.

  2. Walk away they are taking the pi@s the player does not want to come and president in a di@k head.

  3. It high time that we stop chasing this player cause I do think that bancelona are not serious in doing business with our team so let their de jong be there and we should find another player….this is not time for forcing matters cause that matters are going to force you.

  4. Man united must give Barcelona what they want or else walk away for another targets . This thing of delaying to sign is a mind game from Man united board .They are just frustarting their fans and Manager Ten Hag . Let De Jong go where his heart is because it has been along time now .Man united will be on position seven or eight next season because they are not serious about improving the squad .

  5. Walk away from the deal its obvious de Jong not going to ask for transfer so walk now and go and sign someone who wants to play for the club. Maybe we should be going for Ruben neves or malinka savic club leave for pre season on Friday and im sorry but with macfred as our central pairing again nxt season we may forget about everything. Could we even bring herrera back for a season and see were we go from there.

  6. DeJong is a player who would instantly help Manchester United in a big way! While I agree it’s not ideal to drag this out…Barcelona has to find cash somewhere and Frenkie is a player who could very well be sold. He’s said he’s not going to take a pay cut to stay at Barcelona …we’ll that translates into ‘he’s leaving’…for somewhere! Barcelona must restructure his deal (lower his wages) …so if his statement is correct (that he’s not willing to take a pay cut)…he’s very much worth further pursuing!!!
    Manchester United needs to fully step up to the plate …and make this happen!!!

  7. Seems the real hold up is that Barcelona owe him several millions in defered pay! Now they’re trying to find a way out of it by making him ask for a transfer. How can UEFA stand back and allow a club to be treating players this way, De Jong isn’t the only player they have defered wages on. ie Piquet it seems, Yet they are still signing players when thay can’t even register players they signed back in January., Torres from City for example.

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