Another day, another story on Frenkie de Jong, who has been told by Barceona that he can leave the club this summer.
As per today’s version of AS (press image provided below), the Dutch international has not been able to consistently pull the strings in the center of the park and is now behind Pedri and Gavi in the pecking order.
The Spanish news source have mentioned that the Catalan club have received a firm offer of 85 million euros and now De Jong needs to agree a contract with the Red Devils to leave the Nou Camp.
It is stated that Man Utd are ready to agree a deal of net 16 million euros per year (£260,000 a week) and the midfielder will earn more than the 30 million euros per year (gross) he gets at Barca because the taxation in Spain is the worst.
AS claim the operation is crucial for the Blaugrana, who will happily earn 85 million euros and get rid of De Jong’s hefty wages.
However, the player is dragging his feet because Man Utd are not in the UEFA Champions League, the same reason why Ronaldo wants to leave Old Trafford.
Yesterday, Erik ten Hag’s men were highly impressive in the opening pre-season game against Liverpool. They defeated the Merseyside giants 4-0 in Bangkok.
Even after the comprehensive victory over the Reds, the manager saw a lot of mistakes and claimed that the team needs to improve. Next up, United will collide against Melbourne Victory on Friday.
Will Man Utd be able to sign De Jong before the start of the new PL campaign? We shall see.