Manchester United will have an issue with letting De Jong go. If Barcelona are not willing to lower their price then Manchester United will walk away from the deal. He is a 25-year-old midfielder. Also, de Jong is highly valued and is a quality player.
Manchester United unwilling to pay the price
However, Manchester United are unwilling to pay the price for the midfielder. John Murtogh has already initiated talks with Barcelona. However, the first bid of 60 million pounds has been rejected. Moreover, Erik ten Hag is sure that de Jong will come to Manchester United. Manchester United are not playing Champions League football. This might affect the deal. Thus, Manchester United have to pay a large fee to bring the player over. This is what they do not want to do. Ten Hag is sure de Jong wants to move to United. He believes in the Dutch connection. Furthermore, Manchester United are still in talks with Barcelona. But they are definite. They won’t pay any price that is asked. Barcelona are not willing to reduce the price and Manchester United are not willing to meet the price.
Barcelona are valuing de Jong at 85 million pounds. But Manchester United does not want to pay that fee and wants it to be lowered. Moreover, Manchester United are willing to go for other targets such as Kalvin Phillips. However, Kalvin Phillips is also a target for Manchester City. However, Manchester United have tried again with 65 million pounds and 8.5 million pounds in add-ons. Furthermore, de Jong is ready to join Manchester United as he likes the project. It is only Barcelona who are holding back on the transfer with the fee.
So far, de Jong still has four years left on his current deal. He has also scored thirteen goals and provided seventeen assists in 139 games. These figures are for all competitions.
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