Manchester United have reportedly set Barcelona a deadline for the deal of Frenkie De Jong. They reportedly want the deal concluded by Friday.
Red Devils chief executive Richard Arnold and football director were both spotted in Barcelona on Monday. They reportedly held talks with the Catalan club over a deal for the 25-year-old midfielder.
MANCHESTER UNITED AND FRENKIE DE JONG TRANSFER LINKS FULL STORY
Erik Ten Hag is keen to bolster his midfield options. Many midfielders including Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, and Andreas Pereira have all left the club. He has identified Frenkie De Jong as his primary target. Although, United are struggling to find a final agreement with the La Liga giants. The Catalan giants are also reluctant to sell the Dutch midfielder.
Although, there is another big problem. The move is held up as the Frenkie De Jong is owed wages by Barcelona. The reports say that Jong is owed in excess of £13.7m in wages. The amount was reportedly deferred due to the coronavirus pandemic. The report also adds that United wants the transfer to be finalised and concluded by Friday.
THE RED DEVILS ARE READY TO WALK AWAY FROM THE DEAL
Although, the report also adds that Manchester United are ready to walk away from the deal if they feel there is no progress in the deal in the next few days. The Red Devils have reportedly drawn up a shortlist of midfield alternatives. These options will only be explored if the deal for Frenkie De Jong is off. The midfielders on the list are already playing in the Premier League.
The names on the list are Youri Tielemans of Leicester City and Ruben Neves of Wolves. Both the deals are also complicated. Neves price tag is at £50 m. However, Wolves are very strict on the valuation and reportedly won’t negotiate a lower fee. The same goes for Youri Tielemans. Leicester City are demanding between £30m- £35m as he has just 12 months left on his current contract. However, the midfielder prefers a move to Arsenal.
Erik Ten Hag has reportedly requested the signing of the midfielder. The club still has to agree personal terms with the Dutch midfielder. Although, United hopes his relations with Ten Hag help in agreeing to personal terms.
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