Manchester United planning improved offer for Frenkie de Jong

Manchester United planning improved offer for Frenkie de Jong


Manchester United are hoping to cut to the chase in the prolonged saga surrounding Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, with the Red Devils preparing to make a second bid for the Dutchman ‘imminently’.

De Jong’s potential move to Old Trafford has dominated the rumour mill this summer, with Barcelona’s financial situation adding further fuel to the fire regarding a switch that would see him reunited with Erik ten Hag following their time spent together at Ajax.

Manchester United planning improved offer for Frenkie de Jong

(l-r) Frenkie de Jong of Ajax, Ajax coach Erik ten Hag during the Florida Cup 2019 match between Ajax Amsterdam v Sao Paulo FC at Orlando City Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Orlando, United States(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

As per the reliable Fabrizio Romano, however, the Blaugrana will not accept any less than 86m euros for their midfield star, all of which would need to be guaranteed, in order to maximise their options this transfer window.

Add-ons, while potentially giving rise to a higher total fee, would by La Liga rules not be allowed to be reinvested this summer, which would hinder the Camp Nou side’s aim to strengthen their squad.

As per the Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils are readying another bid after their opening 60m euro offer was rejected.

‘United sources say they are “negotiating hard” for a fair deal for De Jong as they believe that had they yielded to Barcelona’s initial valuation it could have affected their capacity to strengthen other areas of the squad’, they add.

More to come?

Christian Eriksen and Daniel Bachmann are two names that Manchester United have reportedly expressed interest in, with the Dane a free agent and Bachmann an option as the club’s new no.2 goalkeeper ahead of the impending departure of Dean Henderson to Nottingham Forest.

A centre-back is also on the cards, but it is unclear just who is available, with Jurrien Timber looking increasingly likely to remain at Ajax this summer.

Manchester United planning improved offer for Frenkie de Jong

Jurrien Timber seems increasingly likely to remain at Ajax this summer (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

One man who may not be remaining in Amsterdam, however, is forward Antony. The Red Devils have been credited with an interest in the Brazilian, and he could leave if a deal can be struck, with Ajax thought to be holding out for a fee in the region of 70-80m euros.

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This article was edited by
Conor Laird.

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