Journalist Dharmesh Sheth has claimed that Manchester United have a broad agreement to sign Frenkie de Jong this summer.
The Athletic has reported that Manchester United have reached an agreement with Barcelona to sign Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong this summer with the initial fee being £63m but with the potential to rise to £72m.
However, the saga has been ongoing since the start of the transfer window, as the 26-year-old does not seem keen to leave Barcelona, but this has not stopped the Manchester club in their pursuit to sign him.
Despite the reports suggesting that United and Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign De Jong, Sheth spoke to GiveMeSport and claimed that the player does not want to leave the Spanish club this summer.
“The Frankie de Jong saga just rumbles on and on and on.
“United, for their part, are quite comfortable with the position they find themselves in with regard to Frenkie de Jong and they’ve got a broad agreement with Barcelona for around €85million. That’s around £72million, including add-ons.
“But, on the flip side, all the noises from Barcelona and Spain are suggesting he’s happy there and they’ve got no intention to sell. He doesn’t want to leave,” Sheth said.
Who will sign De Jong?
TIF Thoughts on Sheth’s comments…
With De Jong reportedly not keen on leaving Barcelona this summer, it might be a surprise to many that United are continuing their pursuit for him this summer, as it might be seen as a big risk to spend that much money on a player who might not even want to play for the football club.
However, Erik ten Hag has previously worked with the Dutch midfielder at Ajax, so he might be able to use this connection to get the deal over the line, and then when he is in the building he could get him on board and help him become a key player for them next season.