Manchester United fans must be growing increasingly frustrated with the long transfer saga involving the Red Devils and Frenkie de Jong by now. The Barcelona midfielder appears to be one of Erik ten Hag’s top targets this summer but so far the club have failed to make a breakthrough in their quest to sign the Dutch international.
De Jong had shone under Ten Hag’s management during their time together at Ajax and that earned him a move to Barcelona. Things didn’t go as well as expected at Camp Nou.
De Jong’s development has stalled to some extent and he hasn’t become one of the best midfielders in all of Europe like many thought he would become at Barcelona. Now, it looks like the club are very open to his departure as Xavi looks to rebuild and bring them back to the top of European football.
De Jong himself, however, doesn’t seem keen on moving away from Barcelona. As reported by GIVEMESPORT, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano said of the situation:
“To this day, I am told that it is still the same situation. He wants to continue at Barcelona. He loves the city, the club, everything related to Barcelona, so he doesn’t want to leave. The situation is quite clear on Frenkie’s side.
The situation does not appear to have changed in Manchester United’s pursuit to sign De Jong from Barcelona
De Jong didn’t seem keen on leaving Barcelona this summer as it’s believed to be his dream club. At the same time, rumors suggest that there are also issues regarding unpaid wages.
Either way, the longer this saga drags on, the more difficult it will become for Manchester United.
The Red Devils urgently need reinforcements in the middle of the park and they can’t afford to wait the whole transfer window for De Jong to make a decision on his future.
A move to Manchester United and a reunion with De Jong makes a lot of sense on paper for the Netherlands international, but at the same time it’s not hard to see why he might be reluctant to make the move. The Red Devils haven’t won a single piece of silverware in five seasons and don’t even have Champions League football to offer this time around, having finished sixth in the Premier League.