In the eleventh week of talks with Manchester United for the midfielder, Barcelona has named Frenkie de Jong to their pre-season tour team for the United States.
De Jong, 25, has publicly stated his intention to remain at Barcelona, and new United manager Erik ten Hag has designated De Jong as his top goal. Despite this, United are sticking with the player.
The news that Frenkie de Jong will join Barcelona on their preseason tour of the United States has dealt further damage to Manchester United’s efforts to sign him.
Despite rumors linking Frenkie de Jong to a transfer to Manchester United, he has been selected by Barcelona for their preseason tour of the United States.
In their first summertime friendly, the 25-year-old will travel to Miami with his Barca teammates to take on Phil Neville’s Inter Miami on Wednesday.
The next Sunday, Xavi Hernandez’s team plays Real Madrid in Nevada, followed by matches against Juventus and the New York Red Bulls to finish their stay in the United States.
He was chosen for the Barcelona squad alongside newcomers Andreas Christiansen, Raphinha, and Frank Kessie, as well as Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Memphis Depay.
The Catalan giants are edging closer to signing Robert Lewandowski, who is anticipated to be introduced soon.
The De Jong to United drama is still ongoing in the meantime. The midfielder faces Camp Nou exile if he refuses to approve the Premier League deal, which would force him to leave his “dream” club, after United and Barca finally reached an agreement.
The Blaugrana bosses’ treatment of the Netherlands international disgusts him, and it is easy to understand why.
On June 1, negotiations between Barcelona and the Red Devils get underway as Ten Hag, the new manager of the latter team, looks to sign a star midfielder.
The necessity for recruitment in the park’s center was urgent because this summer saw the contract expirations of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, and Jesse Lingard.
Ten Hag’s ideal candidate is De Jong, who thrived under Ten Hag at Ajax, won the league and cup double in the 2018-19 season, and has continued to deliver week in and week out throughout his three years in Spain.
The two clubs were initially unable to agree on a transfer fee, and United saw its mid-June offer of £54 million plus add-ons rejected.
Barcelona paid £65 million to acquire De Jong from the Amsterdam club, so it was obvious that the Red Devils would have to increase their offer.
Barcelona was understandably reluctant to lose money on De Jong.
Frenkie de Jong has been in talks with Man United for ten weeks and has not been left off of their preseason tour roster.
There were rumors that the player had cleaned out his locker at Barcelona at the time, indicating that the transfer was getting closer to being finalized.
Such conjecture, however, couldn’t have been further from the truth.
According to reports, De Jong is content in Spain and wants to spend the summer in Barcelona.
United officials assert that they have backup plans in case their pursuit of De Jong fails, but they initially approached Barcelona on May 11, and a failure would be embarrassing.