Man Utd target Frenkie de Jong is reportedly determined to stay at Barcelona this summer despite the two clubs reaching an agreement over a transfer.
After months of speculation over a potential move to Old Trafford, Sky Sports insisted yesterday that the Red Devils had struck a ‘broad agreement’ to pay Barcelona €65m guaranteed plus add-ons.
It was claimed that the ‘finer details’ still need to be ironed out, including personal terms, with a confidence that a deal was now a lot closer to being completed.
However, Spanish publication Sport claim there are huge complications with any potential deal as De Jong doesn’t actually want to make the move to United.
The report says that De Jong ‘refuses’ to leave Barcelona this summer despite the club trying their best to sell him to Premier League side Man Utd.
Sport admit that a deal between the two clubs is ‘getting closer’ but that a deal ‘will not come to fruition if the player does not change his mind’.
The Netherlands international is ‘determined to stay’ at the Camp Nou, he has ‘no intention of leaving and he has transmitted this to the two clubs’.
It is understood that ‘the situation has become tense’ and De Jong is unhappy ‘that everyone pushes him to leave’ for Man Utd and the Dutchman has ‘come to doubt even his agent’.
Barcelona ‘cannot afford’ his big wages, while a huge fee from Man Utd would help them financially as they look to bring in players to strengthen this summer.
Meanwhile, former Man Utd defender Gary Pallister reckons the signing of De Jong would “tick a box” if they could get the deal over the line.
“Barcelona know how desperate United are to bring in players,” Pallister said recently.
“They are going to push to the nth degree to get whatever money they can and that is the case whenever United come knocking.
“They are still seen as one of the richest clubs in the world. Hopefully they can get that deal done, de Jong is at the right age, has plenty of experience and is the type of player that can really express himself at a place like United.
“He is used to the pressure and the spotlight having been at Barcelona so he would certainly tick a box. Midfield has been an area of concern.”