The Lowdown: Three in
Manchester United officials have got the ball rolling when it comes to additions ahead of Erik ten Hag’s first season in charge, with three signings made.
Left-back Tyrell Malacia was the first through the door, with free agent Christian Eriksen also choosing United as his next club. United then spent over £50m on defender Lisandro Martinez from Ajax, and fellow countryman De Jong could be the fourth arrival, providing he changes his mind over a reunion with Ten Hag.
The Latest: Romano’s comments
Talking to GiveMeSport, Romano stated that an ‘agreement’ is still in place between United and Barcelona for De Jong, but the Red Devils have not yet persuaded the midfielder to sign Old Trafford terms.
“Let’s see if Manchester United and Barcelona, together, will be able to change his mind or not.
“But, as of now, it is exactly the same. There is an agreement in place between the clubs.”
Will United end up signing De Jong?
No, time to move on!
The Verdict: Deadline needed?
United could do with another marquee addition who can play as a holding or central midfielder, an area the club are yet to bolster. De Jong, labelled as a ‘genius’ by Xavi Hernandez, would fit the bill, however, he’s been on the club’s radar since Ten Hag was appointed at the end of April.
United chiefs have had a number of hurdles to clear in their pursuit of the midfielder, so it could be wise for them to table a ‘take it or leave it’ offer to De Jong over the coming days.
Should he continue to snub a move, they may be wise to move on to alternative targets, especially with the new season fast approaching.
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