Manchester United are reportedly ready to drop the deal to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong due to his €100m price tag.
According to Spanish publication SPORT, Manchester United have ‘threatened’ to drop their pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong if a deal suitable for all parties is not reached. The Red Devils are unwilling to pay the €100m Barcelona are currently waiting to sell the Dutchman.
Barcelona have been forced to sell some of their first-team players to make room for new signings in the squad and be able to balance their wage bill. Frenkie de Jong is one player who appears to be closing in on an exit, with Manchester United hot on his heels.
The Red Devils have made no secret of their interest in the Dutch midfielder, with new manager Erik ten Hag having previously coached him at Ajax. But Manchester United are determined to sign the player at a reasonable price and are ready to look for other options should Barcelona demand more which would stall the deal.
According to SPORT, Manchester United have prepared an offer worth €70m plus €10m in add-ons which they say is a fair offer for the Barcelona midfielder. However, the Blaugrana expect more, which has forced the Premier League giants to consider ending the deal.
De Jong is reportedly set to join Manchester United, with ten Hags giving him a taste of his project at Old Trafford. The Red Devils hope that personal terms can be quickly agreed with the Barcelona midfielder as they offer him an improved salary compared to what he earned with the Catalan giants.
Barcelona could end up accepting a fee close to €80m plus variables, but they don’t want many additions included in the English club’s offer. Barcelona are said to be eager to complete the deal quickly to invest the money earned from the sale of de Jong to bring in Robert Lewandowski.
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The Catalan giants are also in the hunt for Sergio Busquets’ replacement and a world-class centre-back. But all of that will come to naught if Barcelona get stuck on their €100m asking price, forcing Manchester United to back out of the deal.