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Manchester United continue to press for Frenkie de Jong's signature

Manchester United continue to press for Frenkie de Jong's signature
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Manchester United have been heavily linked to Frenkie de Jong this summer as former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag would like to bring his former player to Old Trafford to resolve United's midfield problem.

In recent hours, the reliable James Ducker reported that Erik ten Hag considers de Jong to be 'integral' to his plans.

On Thursday, news broke out that United agreed a fee with Barcelona of €75 million plus add-ons up to €10 million even though initially United and Barcelona had agreed a €65 million fee plus €20 million in add-ons.

Some sources have claimed that Barca have used the extra money from the guaranteed fee to solve the wages due problem stalling the move.

Other sources have indicated that the deal is moving slowly despite the agreement between the two clubs because the Dutchman does not want to move to the Red Devils, with him reportedly unwilling to leave Barcelona.

During an interview, he claimed that he plans on staying at Barca, proceeding to say that it was his childhood club. Additionally, this was backed by Joan Laporta's comments during a press conference, saying that "Frenkie is not for sale even though there are offers for him".

Despite this, reports in Spain have suggested that he will not be allowed on Barcelona's pre-season tour and will be forced out of the club, leaving some Barca fans shocked by the news.

The move will seemingly continue to take some time be completed, yet United fans should stay positive, with Gerard Romero reporting that he will have to be sold if Barcelona want to register new players, as he is has a high wage and is one of their most valuable players.

As a replacement, Barcelona are already eyeing up Manchester City's Bernardo Silva.


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