Manchester United and Barcelona are reportedly on the brink of agreeing the fee for the transfer of Frenkie de Jong this summer, according to The Metro. It is suggested that the total fee will be £68 million, which is close to what the Catalan club wanted to get for him in the first place.
Barcelona needed to sell a player this summer given their financial situation and despite this, they demanded £72 million for the player and United were not going to meet that fee. The 25-year-old was initially not happy to move but Erik ten Hag seemed to change his mind.
United have been seeking to complete this deal for the past three weeks, apparently having other deals ready to go once this one has been done – making me wonder why they cannot work on multiple deals at the same time – which should be achievable for a club of United’s stature.
It has been claimed that the £68 million fee will result in £55 million paid upfront with an additional £13 million in add-ons. This will become a positive deal for United and officially start their summer transfer window with the club needing to do things right throughout the summer.
It is suggested that once this deal has been concluded, United will prioritise the signing of Christian Eriksen, who will become a free agent on Friday following the expiration of his contract with Brentford. However, the Dane has an offer on the table from Brentford and could remain there.
It will have been a busy day for United with Ten Hag at the club seeing some of his squad members and getting things started regarding preseason training and getting the squad ready for their matches in Thailand, Australia, Norway and for his first match at Old Trafford on the 31 July.
There has been a lot of things mentioned in the deal to take De Jong to Old Trafford, both positive and negative with journalists trusting their sources, which can result in a lot of incorrect information being passed about online and in print media.
But this deal feels like it is close to completion and given that every media outlet will want to gain traction, which will help them make money whilst the transfer window is open, which is also called ‘silly season‘ you can understand why there is so much news that contradicts other stories.
Erik ten Hag will finally land his top summer target with the likes of Lisandro Martínez and Antony of Ajax also linked with the Dutch manager also seeking to strengthen in the fullback positions plus look at the attacking options with a striker, if Anthony remains at Ajax this summer.
Written by John Walker