Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong was the subject of transfer interest from Manchester United 18 months ago – and the Dutchman could finally be sold at the end of the season
Barcelona are mulling over whether or not to sell Frenkie de Jong in the summer amid interest in the midfielder from Manchester United.
The Dutch playmaker, 26, was heavily linked with a move to the Red Devils back in the summer of 2022 and it was even outlined at the time that United had agreed the framework of a deal worth £70million with Barcelona for De Jong’s services.
De Jong decided to snub interest from the Premier League giants at the time in order to stay at Barcelona – but it seems as though the Spanish champions could attempt to cash in on the former Ajax star for a second time at the end of the season.
According to a new report Relevo, the Barcelona hierarchy ‘have doubts’ over De Jong and a summer sale has not be ruled out as the club strive to improve their financial health.
While Barcelona were open to doing business with Manchester United last summer, De Jong never seemed to be on board with a move to the Premier League.
Erik ten Hag quickly installed De Jong as his primary transfer target after working with the player at Ajax and it’s understood that the Dutchman’s interest in his compatriot still stands.
Spanish outlet Sport reported back in October that the saga – which rumbled on all summer – had left De Jong feeling ‘very upset’ given Barcelona had continued with their attempts to offload him even after it had been made clear that the player wished to stay at the Nou Camp.
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De Jong made it clear last month, though, that any ill-feeling between him and the club in relation to the saga was gone. In an interview with Dutch outlet NOS, De Jong said: “I am at the club where I always wanted to be, where I dreamed of [Barcelona].”
When he was then quizzed about the possiblity of experiencing a new league and whether or not that held much appeal, he added: “Possibly. But I’m very satisfied at Barca. It’s always difficult to say. For now I feel good here!”
Manchester United are expected to be active in the summer transfer window and a midfielder could be on Ten Hag’s wishlist with Casemiro – who was signed from Real Madrid after talks with De Jong collapsed – expected to move on.
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