Manchester United and Barcelona have reached an agreement on a fee for the potential transfer of Frenkie de Jong, but the Dutch international has yet to agree on personal terms with the Manchester club.
If United completes the deal for the Dutch star, the Premier League club will pay the Catalan club a total of €85 million. This is divided into an initial fee of around €75 million plus add-ons that will be accumulated over time based on performance.
Although this is a significant step, Man United’s problem is that De Jong does not want to leave Barcelona this summer, as has been widely reported throughout this saga. This will make negotiating personal terms with the midfielder difficult, but according to the latest update from Barcelona newspaper Mundo Deportivo, the Dutchman may be forced to leave Spain.
According to the outlet, Erik ten Hag’s chances of reuniting with the 25-year-old had just gotten a significant boost after Barcelona asked De Jong to leave the club this summer. The reason for this is that the midfielder’s departure from Camp Nou would free up around €30M-€35M in the club’s wage bill as the La Liga giants continue to pursue summer targets such as Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.
United’s chief executive, Richard Arnold, and football director, John Murtough, both stayed behind rather than travel on the club’s tour of Thailand and Australia in an attempt to move the club’s stalled transfer business forward.
They met with Barcelona officials in Catalunya this week to discuss a deal for De Jong, and Barcelona’s signing of Raphinha from Leeds United has increased their need to sell in order to raise funds.
Despite the fact that the player prefers to stay at Barcelona, United has always been confident that he would accept a move to Old Trafford. That is why they have continued to negotiate for him, believing that if a fee could be agreed upon with Barca, he would not reject a switch.