A report from Spain gives us fresh insight into Frenkie de Jong’s future.
The departure of De Jong is not being ruled out. Barcelona have tried to push him out the door all summer as Manchester United chase his signature in the background.
However, there has been a narrative previously spread in Spain that De Jong is not keen on a move to United, which has now been rubbished.
According to AS, De Jong will not negotiate anything about his departure until it is clarified what happened to his salary, and he hasn’t said ‘no’ to United like other reports suggest.
It seems the whole matter is the €17 million Barcelona owe De Jong in deferred wages.
The report from Spain also states that Ten Hag has spoken with the player and he knows everything that is happening and, for this reason, he has asked United to be patient because he still sees the transfer as viable.
“The next few days could be decisive and in Manchester they know they are favourites despite the fact that Chelsea have asked about the player, although they are waiting for a convincing official offer,” the journalist wrote.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta announced that the club has activated a third economic lever, so it’s about time they pay De Jong the money he is owed.
Meanwhile, the Manchester Evening News claims United are continuing with their pursuit of De Jong as their back-up targets are not deemed to be at the same level as the Barcelona midfielder.
De Jong or nothing?