The Old Trafford hierarchy had agreed a tentative deal with Barcelona a month ago, but the Catalan club have grown frustrated with their progress, especially as the player himself has was stubborn both on the issue of the €17 million in deferred wages and the very fact that he is expelled.
Although there have been repeated claims from Spain which are most downright down to him not wanting to go to United, there is a strong belief in Old Trafford that he is ready to come.
De Jong naturally spoke with his former Ajax manager, Erik ten Hag. United have indeed been caught up in a dispute between club and player, but one that has now seen Barcelona become increasingly aware of the fact time is running out to get players off the books to register new signatures.
The Independent was told that although United have long believed the transfer could go down the drain, Barcelona expected De Jong to be gone by now. It’s for this reason that Barcelona have intensified talks with Chelsea, to see if something can be done faster.
De Jong has understandably been mentioned in discussions between the two clubs over potential deals for players like Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonsoand Todd Boehly and Joan Laporta discussed the Dutch midfielder directly during their dinner meeting.
The talks have reached new levels in recent days as Barcelona seek to fast-track the 25-year-old’s exit. While De Jong is close to Ten Hag, Chelsea have significant appeal in being a London-based club in the Champions League.
Chelsea to challenge Manchester United for Frenkie de Jong after Barcelona talks open
Source link Chelsea to challenge Manchester United for Frenkie de Jong after Barcelona talks open