‘Increasing feeling’ that De Jong to Man Utd saga will roll until the ‘end of the window’

Date published: Thursday 14th July 2022 1:58 - Joe Williams

Man Utd target Frenkie de Jong gives his team-mates instructions

There is an expectation that Man Utd will have to wait until the end of the transfer window to seal the signing of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, according to reports.

The Netherlands midfielder has been the subject of constant speculation over the past two months with the Red Devils extremely keen to get a deal over the line.

De Jong hasn’t quite lived up to his €75m fee since arriving from Ajax in 2019 with Barcelona ready to cash in on one of their highest-paid players.

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Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano confirmed earlier today that Man Utd have reached a ‘full agreement’ with Barcelona to buy De Jong for a full package of €85m (£72m).

However, the player is yet to agree to personal terms with the Red Devils and there have been rumours that he would prefer a Camp Nou stay rather than an Old Trafford transfer.

And the Independent now claims that there is an ‘increasing feeling’ that the ‘saga’ will ‘go right to the end of the window’ with De Jong ‘holding out for deferred wages to be paid by Barcelona before joining his former manager Erik ten Hag’ at Man Utd.

The report adds:

‘He has told the new United boss he is willing to go if Barcelona don’t want him, but the matter of sorting his deferred wages is one fair point of principle to the midfielder.

‘De Jong wants the issue completely clarified. If it is not done so to his satisfaction, he is content to defy any attempt to sell him and stay.’

But former Premier League striker Gabby Agbonlahor reckons Man Utd need to show “some self-respect” and issue De Jong an ultimatum.

“It’s going to come to the stage where Man United need to have some self-respect,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.

“A club of Man United’s stature, how have they fallen where De Jong has said ‘Let me keep you on hold and make my mind up in a couple of months’. That isn’t how Man United are used to being treated, usually it’s ‘I’ll sign for Man United, let’s get it done’.

“It’s a bit embarrassing for them the longer it goes on, to be honest. Maybe they’ve got to give him an ultimatum and say ‘There is this date. You either sign or we are moving on to other players’.”


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