The transfer of Frenkie De Jong from Barcelona to Manchester United has been agreed upon in terms of money, but the player has refused to leave the Nou Camp, casting doubt on the agreement.
Despite Barcelona accepting a bid from Manchester United, Frenkie De Jong is reportedly unwilling to leave the team.
According to rumours, Barcelona would prefer that Frenkie de Jong leave this summer rather than continue playing for them.
For the Dutch international, the Red Devils have agreed to pay £56 million up front. Even still, the player’s transfer to the Premier League is still very much in doubt.
Since arriving at Old Trafford, Erik ten Hag has made the midfield his top priority, and Barcelona sees selling De Jong as a way to balance their books.
The La Liga powerhouses are desperate to get their finances in order by the end of June.
With manager Erik ten Hag eager for the team to complete this agreement, United have spent the last few weeks talking hard with their Catalan colleagues.
De Jong relocated to Spain three years ago from Ajax, where he collaborated with Ten Hag, and has frequently referred to it as his dream move.
While the Catalan club strives to advance under new manager Xavi and claim essential financial resources, United is in a rebuilding period and is unable to offer Champions League football.
According to reports, things have been “heated” since De Jong doesn’t like how everyone is pressuring him to leave his current job.
De Jong has lately stated that Barca is the team of his “dreams,” and he also stated that he wants to play Champions League football, which United cannot now provide.
Reports state that the Dutch midfielder is becoming irritated with people who appear to be trying to get rid of him from the team.
The way his agent, Ali Dursun, is pressuring him to move to Manchester has also caused him concern.
Barcelona must balance its budget and consider De Jong to be an expensive asset that can be traded.
Any deal between the Red Devils and the Spanish team is contingent on the players’ willingness to relocate, which is still a big problem right now.
Regarding the rumors, De Jong recently stated: “I won’t get into it [the connections to United], not even about other names or teams.
I used to be innocent and receptive to it but I no longer practice that. I realize that a connection has been created.
That sum is simple to understand and logical. I loved working with Ten Hag at Ajax, but I obviously can’t predict the future.
But I would rather remain in Barcelona. That has always been, and still is, my ideal club. I presume nothing is happening if I don’t hear from the club administration.”
The exits of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic have furthered United’s desire to bring in new faces in the middle of the field, and they have focused most of their attention on adding De Jong while they wait for Ten Hag to make his first signing.
Recently, club president Richard Arnold was captured on camera discussing the deal and reiterating the club’s resolve to sign the Dutchman, saying: “Money is not a consideration on who we want.”
The manager has expressed interest in De Jong, and they have examined him. De Jong has played for Barcelona since moving there for £65 million from Ajax.