Frenkie de Jong’s proposed move to Manchester United is looking ‘unlikely’, according to SPORT1’s chief reporter Patrick Berger.
De Jong is very much the man new United boss Erik ten Hag wants after they worked together at Ajax.
Indeed, The Daily Telegraph’s James Ducker has written that the manager is ‘desperate’ for a reunion at Old Trafford.
And The Daily Mail’s Sami Mokbel has billed him as the 54-year-old’s ‘number one target‘ for the summer window.
Berger took to Twitter on Sunday evening to share the latest on De Jong’s situation.
He says that the player is currently opposed to the move, but equally, is upset with Barcelona.
“Frenkie de Jong is back at FC Barcelona after summer vacay [vacation]. A transfer to Man United is unlikely at the moment. Been told he definitely doesn’t want to leave Barça for MUFC!
“But he is also very disappointed about the way the Spanish side treated him. Difficult situation.”
Barcelona reportedly owe De Jong as much as €17million (£14.4million) in deferred salary payments after an agreement in 2020.
You can understand, then, why the Dutchman might feel a little angry or disillusioned with the Catalan club’s officials.
But it seems that his love for the La Liga giants remains, and that he still sees himself at Barcelona in the long run.
And perhaps United, who only finished sixth last season, aren’t the most attractive proposition at the moment.
They may have a new manager, but the news that Cristiano Ronaldo would like to leave has cast a renewed shadow over the club ahead of 2022/23.
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