Barcelona, De Jong dilly-dallying over United move

By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor

Barcelona have accepted Manchester United‘s offer for Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong and expect the player to honour the move to Old Trafford likewise The Trumpet gathered.

Reportedly, the 25-year-old prime target for Red Devils’ coach, Erik ten Hag in the summer, who once was under the tutelage of the Dutch gaffer in Ajax, is adamantly against the move to the English Premier League.

According to several reports from Europe, Manchester United have promised to build the team around De Jong in a way to convince him of the club’s plans for him.

While United think big for the player, he does not fashion a move to a club he would be denied the Champions League football in the new season; a related incident Cristiano Ronaldo is presently engulfed with.

However, Catalans were initially against the move with President Joan Laporta, during the tribute to club legend Johan Cruyff, reiterating that De Jong is not for sale at any price.

Every decision has a price and Barcelona which are highly engrossed in financial difficulties in a dramatic turn, have accepted the United’s offer reportedly about €70m with add-ons that would see it rise to circa €80m.

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With this agreement reached between both clubs, the final decision lies on the Dutch who still has a contract at the Camp Nou to heed the Blaugrana’s wish of honoring the move to Manchester United.

Reportedly, Barcelona need the money from De Jong’s deal to assuage other players’ agreements, those whose contracts have expired and to wrap up some new deals.

Head coach of Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez is not happy over the move as reported by Mundo Deportivo because he needs the player in his squad for the new season’s campaign but with the financial mess bedevilling the club, he has no option but to allow De Jong leave.

Despite the rigmarole, Blaugrana will have to look for a capable replacement for the Dutch midfielder of lesser monetary value with Manchester City Bernando Silva already on the Catalans’ glimpses.

Mundo Deportivo added that De Jong’s ‘departure would also help players like the recently signed Kessie, Gavi and Nico González gain prominence’.

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