Manchester United’s negotiations with Frenkie de Jong are making great progress
This morning, a reputable journalist claimed to have exclusive inside knowledge on Manchester United’s pursuit of Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.
Last week, several sources indicated that the two clubs were close to agreeing on a deal and that United had made a formal offer.
However, the trail has gone cold since then, leading to rumors that a deadlock had been reached because to a €20-40 million valuation disparity between the two clubs for the player.
Talbot tweeted this morning, “Exc: Told Man United have not reached an impasse over the deal with Barcelona player Frenkie de Jong.”
“Behind the scenes, the club is working on a variety of moves and is making progress. The midfield is currently the top priority, and it is hoped that agreements will be completed soon.
“I understand there is some criticism to this, but I believe that rumors of a deal being close to being reached hasn’t helped matters.”
A breakthrough in the De Jong deal would be welcome news to United supporters, who are already upset at having to watch rivals like Manchester City and Liverpool complete their transfer business ahead of schedule.
The 25-year-old is thought to be new boss Erik ten Hag’s top priority this summer as he attempts to rebuild a central midfield that is now down to only three experienced players in Fred, Scott McTominay, and Donny van de Beek.
Barcelona has taken moves to restructure their finances, but they will almost probably need to trade players in order to rebuild their team.
A deal of €70-€75 million (£60-£65 million) plus bonuses for the Dutchman appears to be the most likely outcome, leaving money in the Old Trafford transfer kitty for other needs.
Christian Eriksen, a free agent, is also considering an offer from the Red Devils and has stated that he will make his decision when he returns from vacation in a few days.