Members of Barcelona’s hierarchy have reportedly conceded the club were ‘lucky’ not to have sold Frenkie de Jong amid persistent interest from Manchester United last summer.
Manchester United spent 100 days chasing Frenkie de Jong last summer as Erik ten Hag’s primary target only for the Netherlands midfielder to remain at Camp Nou.
The Reds ended up signing Casemiro from Real Madrid instead and you won’t find a United fan that will complain about that 6-months on. Casemiro has been a terrific signing – the type of player we’ve been crying out for…
However, in the De Jong pursuit last summer, it was reported that United had an agreement in place with Barcelona. The deal would have been worth £75m – but it never got the player’s approval.
Ultimately, De Jong refused point blank to leave Barcelona. He wasn’t taking no as an answer whilst under contract.
After missing just two games to date this season, the club seem to be aware of his value to the team again, with a club insider revealing information to Mundo Deportivo that claims the hierarchy consider themselves ‘lucky’ not to have sold him last year.
The insider went on to detail the midfielder’s role as one of the most crucial assets at the club.
It will be interesting to see if Barcelona will be forced to sell De Jong this summer. Either way, there are no guarantees that the player will want to leave.
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