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United prepare second Barca De Jong’s bid

By Oviri Kelvin

Manchester United are ready to tender a second bid for their summer’s prime target Barcelona Frenkie de Jong after their first bid of about €60m was outrightly rejected by the Spanish club.

Barcelona value the De Jong circa €80m which United reported tendered a bid less than the Catalans’ assessment for the Dutch midfielder.

Nevertheless, United are adamant and will ensure they bring in the 25-year-old to Old Trafford as requested by head coach Erik ten Hag, who once worked with the player in Ajax.

Barcelona are ready to sell and will neither withhold the player from leaving Camp Nou nor reject the Red Devils’ offer if it is the right price.

Recently, United CEO Richard Arnold assured fans that the club has set every machinery in place to bring the player to Old Trafford with executives of the club in Barca to ensure the deal sails through, The Trumpet gathered.

Arnold noted that the executives’ first objective as reported, is to convince Barcelona to let go of the Netherlands international.

Manchester United would have hoped Barcelona sold the player for lesser than the asking price due to the financial difficulties bedevilling the club but could not recall that the deal signed last season with Sportify worth over €400m has given them strong bargaining power.

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According to Daily Mail, United are set to tender a better bid for the player and Barca whose €75m price tag plus add-ons that will railroad the deal to circa €80m, need the resources to finance prospective targets like Bayern Munich Robert Lewandowski to Catalonia.

However, if an agreement is reached by both parties, there still exists a clause which borders on the player’s decision to move to Old Trafford.

De Jong’s contract runs until 2026 with Blaugrana and the Dutch midfielder’s insistence on playing the UEFA Champions League football this season may jettison his move to Manchester United.

Abreast with this development, United have stressed that the player, who joined Barcelona from Ajax in the 2019 winter transfer window for about €75m, will be given all the needed support with the squad built around him.

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