Man Utd prepared to walk away from Frenkie de Jong deal

Manchester United’s pursuit of Frenkie de Jong is entering its eighth week and despite the Premier League curtain-raiser against Brighton being just three weeks away, United look to be no closer to welcoming the midfielder to the club.

United have reached an agreement with Barcelona over a transfer fee but there are other hurdles to overcome before a transfer can be finalised.

De Jong is yet to give his blessing and the Dutchman is owed £17m in deferred wages, having agreed to a temporary pay cut in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier this week, Barcelona director Mateu Alemany admitted that La Liga rules could force them into selling De Jong but a deal has been thrown into doubt after the 25-year-old was named in their US tour squad.

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Now, it’s being claimed that United are prepared to walk away from a deal to reunite De Jong with Erik ten Hag if the issues with his wages cannot be resolved.

That’s according to The Guardian, who add that United are willing to pursue De Jong beyond the start of their league campaign, hinting that this protracted saga is set for yet another extension.

SN’s verdict…
De Jong’s inclusion in Barcelona’s pre-season squad is the clearest indication yet that no deal is close to being finalised and should United continue to pursue this, supporters should brace themselves for a long summer.

United have already signed Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen, with Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez expected to be confirmed imminently.

De Jong is likely to be their final top target and Ten Hag will be urging the club to sort it out sooner rather than later but at this point, it looks like everything is out of their hands.

United are, however, wise to consider other alternatives as there is value in signing another player to familiarise with Ten Hag’s style.

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  1. Forget De Jong, and move on; a good player he is, but there are other options available.

    United found out – to our cost – what signing a player who did not want to play for you was like, when we spent £60,million on Angel de Maria, only to sell at a huge loss the year after.

  2. Use the de Jong money to sign TIELEMANS and ANTONY, we may have to fork out a extra £30,000,000 but they’ll accept £150k each which is less then De Jongs.

    We cannot afford to wait.

  3. Actually now we are just signing someone marquee just to boost the whole team morale, for ETH, he just need to find another FDJ from our academy which i saw great future from Zidane Iqbal and Charlie Savage, and probably Eriksen and his old student Donny can form a solid 3 midfield together with Bruno. As long as ETH can coach the team to whole new level, i don’t see any problem raising few stars from the academy just like how ETH did at Ajax

  4. They are many players,they should go and sign another one, he not the only player in the world

  5. TEN hag, Please and please forget de jong,becouse he is your compariot. forget about him. WE FANS WE NO NEED HIM, BECOUSE HE NO LIKE MAN UTD.

  6. Why do it’s keep going for players who don’t want to come to us. We have wasted 8 weeks when that time could have been put into players who do want to play at utd. Forget De Jong and move on quickly. Unfortunately everyone knows it’s are desperate for a midfielder now so will hold us to ransom and inflate player prices. Once again we shoot ourselves in the foot.

  7. We should go get Ruben Neves! A class player! Strong on the ball, good passes good defensively and can score great goals from far out! He’s the Portuguese Paul Scholes! We need a player like him!

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