According to Sport, Man United have gone a step higher in their pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
Manchester United have been chasing the midfielder for almost three months but they are nowhere close to getting a deal done for the ex-Ajax man.
The major issue in this transfer is that Barca made their players take a pay cut during the pandemic and right now, they are not ready to pay up what they owe.
The Catalans either want him to leave without taking what’s due to him or if he wishes to stay, he will have to forget the deferred amount. De Jong is obviously not accepting any of these proposals but Manchester United are now willing to cover those wages.
Yes, in a major act of desperation, United are ready to cover De Jong’s deferred wages in a bid to convince him to join them.
Xavi on de Jong: “I don't know if he's going to stay here… I’ve never sent Frenkie a message. There's still time and a lot of things can still happen”. 🔵🔴 #FCB
“The fact that he played as a central defender in the other games was not a sign that he was leaving”. pic.twitter.com/KKgtkIa59L
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 31, 2022
Will Man United finally be able to bring Frenkie de Jong on board?
De Jong has been Ten Hag’s target number one since taking charge and even the Man United board are firmly backing their new boss in this transfer race.
Not only have agreed to meet Barcelona’s transfer demands but now they are even ready to offer Frenkie de Jong his dues from the pandemic.
Ten Hag currently has several midfielders in his squad but it’s very evident he needs Frenkie de Jong in the side to be able to fully implement the style of football he wishes to play at the club.
We will have to wait and see if the midfielder agrees to this arrangement because some rumours have suggested that De Jong is actually not keen to join Man United.
Barcelona will obviously be happy with this offer because they won’t be able to register their new signings with Frenkie de Jong still in the squad so now, it’s on the player to make the call.