Man United fc are still keen to sign Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona, but the two clubs remain around £17.2m apart in their valuations of the midfielder. United remains hopeful of striking a deal with Barca.
It is understood that Barcelona at least want to recoup the £73.8m they signed Frenkie de Jong for, but man united’s valuation is thought to be closer to £55.8m and, as things stand, there has yet to be a breakthrough in negotiations.
Barcelona ideally need to sell Frenkie de Jong to raise funds to strengthen their squad and man united fc also know they are the only club seriously in for De Jong. His high wages are thought to be problematic for Barca.
Man United fc are prepared to walk away from a deal for Frenkie de Jong if a compromise is not reached with Barcelona and will instead pursue other targets.
It is understood that man united’s interest in Christian Eriksen is not tied to what happens with Frenkie de Jong.
man united fc have presented an offer to Christian Eriksen and could still sign him as a free agent, even if Frenkie de Jong joins the club. Erik ten Hag wants an injection of quality in that area of the pitch following midfield departures.
Of all man united’s summer transfer targets, Frenkie de Jong is the one the club would like to get in first given the important role Erik ten Hag envisages for him. They cannot wait indefinitely, but they have no interest in paying over the odds.
It is thought the most detailed training ground work Erik ten Hag is planning will be done on the second leg of the tour in Australia when the manager has a full squad to work with.
[Source : The Telegraph]
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