Despite Barcelona’s willingness to sell and Manchester United’s determination to sign the talented Dutch midfielder, Frenkie De Jong, a complicated transfer proposal is now being negotiated.
In the midst of a transfer deadlock, Manchester United have been encouraged by the news that Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is open to joining them this summer.
Manchester United have been looking for a move for De Jong all summer long.
Talks have stalled despite reaching an upfront fee agreement of £56.2 million with Barcelona and new United manager Erik ten Hag calling his former player to persuade him to join Old Trafford.
De Jong’s agent is reportedly upset with the Catalan club over their handling of his future, and United remain optimistic about a deal with him.
Although Barca president Joan Laporta has officially declared that the midfielder is not for sale, they are still working to arrange for his departure in private.
The Red Devils are still optimistic that a deal can be completed this summer and they won’t back down.
Notwithstanding rumours that De Jong has a list of 10 reasons why he won’t sign with United and former Barca manager Ronald Koeman adamantly stating that De Jong has no intention of leaving Barca.
The sale is being held up because De Jong is still owed money by Barca, according to a report in the Telegraph.
According to sources, there is a dispute between Manchester United and Barcelona over money and Frenkie de Jong.
The Dutch international, who promised to assist the La Liga giants during the coronavirus outbreak, is due more than £17 million in unpaid salaries and bonuses.
The two sides disagree on who should contribute the money, though.
One of the top paid players at Barcelona, De Jong is also owed a number of payments due to amortizations and other contract provisions.
The difficulty for the club is that they are presently unable to handle such payments, which makes the player’s future more challenging.
In addition to paying a price and agreeing on a wage with the 25-year-old, Barcelona would need United to pay the charges now owed to the player and his representatives.
Barcelona would also agree if De Jong forgot about the loan and forwent the money he is due.
De Jong has settled in the city with his family and has had a significant role at the club, which has handsomely compensated him with a vital sporting role.
As a result, Barca is aware that De Jong’s personal desire has always been to remain at the club.
Ten Hag has tried to persuade De Jong that he would be the “director of the orchestra” and would be an indisputable starter for his squad.
A similar role to the one he liked so much in Amsterdam, which is why Ten Hag’s job is crucial for United.
In order for the deal to happen, the new Old Trafford coach’s involvement is essential.
For their side, United insist that if they had not been confident the player would be amenable to the transfer once an agreement was reached with Barca, they would not have advanced a transaction to this point given the amount of time and money involved.