Fabrizio Romano offers Man United boost in pursuit of De Jong

Leading transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has told Manchester United fans not to worry about Barcelona’s public stance on Frenkie De Jong.

The Red Devils have been trying to sign De Jong for several weeks but failure to reach an agreement on a total fee has held the deal up.

Speaking publicly and recently about the ongoing saga, Barcelona president Joan Laporta, as quoted by Romano, said: “Frenkie de Jong is Barcelona player – we don’t want to sell him unless we have no other choice. Of course [sic], we know there are offers for de Jong – but we don’t want to sell him.”

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However, despite Laporta’s comments, Romano has suggested that the United-faithful need not worry, nor should they ‘read too much’ into the president’s public stance.

Writing in his exclusive CaughtOffside SubStack, the Italian transfer guru said: “Manchester United fans will be desperate to see progress on this long-running transfer saga, but at the moment nothing has changed on Frenkie de Jong.

“Still, don’t read too much into Joan Laporta’s public comments that the player is absolutely not for sale, because Manchester United and Barcelona are in direct contact beyond official statements; but there is still no agreement on the structure of the €20m add-ons, while the €65m fixed fee is almost agreed.”

Frenkie De Jong could sign for Man United this summer.

Romano’s assessment sounds about right. Fans won’t be too worried that a potential deal to bring De Jong to Old Trafford is under threat of collapsing, especially when there is still so much time left to operate in the summer window.

Barcelona’s financial situation is also well documented – the Spanish giants are in no position to turn down millions of pounds – even if it is in exchange for one of their best players.

Time will tell how this saga ends, but fans should remain calm and trust that United’s recruitment team can strike the best possible deal – something the club have failed miserably at for years.

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  1. I am not worried about the deal collapsing, I think United should have walked away. There are continuing stories that De Jong does NOT want to join United but WANTS to stay at Barcelona. This is nothing like the Roy Keane situation as Mark Goldbridge had made a reference to on the United Stand as Roy had decided to leave forest and only had to choose between Blackburn and United. I am not convinced that a player who is so reluctant to move will ever really be happy and give a total 100% to the cause.

    1. U don’t need to be convinced on what you are hearing bcos, if he doesn’t want to come, he would have accepted Barca’s pay cut. And also happiness might not be sudden, it can also be gradual. Haven’t u done something before that u felt reluctant to do, but later became happy u did.

  2. Man you’re the best football journalist ever i love you so much. Am RONNIE IN UGANDA

  3. man united should look forward to sign other players en first keep silent abt dejong

  4. Erik TenHag needs to trust his young professional stars at United. They can win the LEAGUE & EUROPEAN CUP HANDS down if Erik TenHag can push and mentor them. They taught Liverpool a football lesson in Bangkok. With the same youngsters under Soldsjaker. U can do it TenHag. They don’t need superstars to spoil their momentum. They only need u, TenHag.

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