Manchester United: Frenkie de Jong wants to stay at Barcelona
Manchester United transfer target Frenkie de Jong is still intent on remaining at Barcelona, according to quotes relayed by journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The Lowdown: De Jong links ongoing
Few players have been linked with a transfer to the Red Devils more intensely than De Jong this year, with the Dutchman continually tipped for a Premier League move.
The 25-year-old has remained at Barca for the time being, making 13 appearances in La Liga, although his future there doesn’t necessarily look guaranteed.
A new update has now emerged in that regard, although it isn’t a particularly promising one for United.
The Latest: De Jong bats off United rumours
Writing on Twitter, Romano relayed quotes from De Jong when quizzed on the Old Trafford links and reaffirmed that the player has no desire to leave Barcelona imminently.
The journalist tweeted:
‘Frenkie de Jong when asked about Manchester United deal: “I am at a World Cup tournament so I am not going to talk about club football”.
‘De Jong has never changed his stance: no intention to leave Barcelona, as things stand.’
The Verdict: Patience until the summer
It looks increasingly as though a January move for De Jong is off the table, but United certainly shouldn’t lose all hope in terms of a summer move coming to fruition.
The Netherlands international hasn’t always been fully convincing at Barcelona, having been in and out of the starting line-up this season, and they could be willing to cash in and earn a huge sum of money for his services.
Indeed, the fact that his contract expires in 2026 puts the La Liga club in an extremely strong bargaining position.
Nonetheless, United should certainly try their hardest to get their man – he has been lauded as ‘incredible‘ by Louis van Gaal – with his passing brilliance and ability to dictate a game potentially adding another dimension to their play.