Manchester United issue warning to Barcelona over transfer of Frenkie de Jong

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Manchester United have warned Barcelona that they are unwilling to meet their £70 million asking price for Frenkie De Jong, according to a report on Daily Mail.

Erik ten Hag, Manchester United’s incoming boss, knows the player from Ajax and wants him at Manchester United.

Barcelona are open to a deal in order to balance their finances as they attempt to put together a deal for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

Barcelona want to recoup the £65m it cost to sign De Jong from Ajax in 2019 but Manchester United made it clear to Barcelona and De Jong’s representatives that the Red Devils cannot commit such a slice of our transfer funds on signing the Holland star.

Ten Hag faces a major rebuilding job at Manchester United, with up to 10 players set to leave, but the club is determined to be disciplined in the transfer market.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta admitted he may have no choice but to offload some stars due to the club’s ongoing financial problems.

“I don’t know if we will sell important players,” he said. “If we complete some deals, maybe it won’t be needed. The priority is our financial situation. We will do what is best for the club.”