Frenkie de Jong reacts after Barcelona reject €70million offer from Manchester United

Frenkie de Jong
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Manchester United have made Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong a key transfer target for the club this summer but the Red Devils are yet to reach an agreement with the Spanish side.

Manchester United made the club’s interest in Frenkie de Jong formal last week by submitting a €70million offer the Netherlands international midfielder.

Barcelona rejected Manchester United’s offer, with the Spanish side holding out for €100million.

Frenkie de Jong had previously insisted he wants to remain at Barcelona despite interest from Manchester United but recent reports now claim the midfielder is ready to reunite with his Ajax boss Erik ten Hag at Manchester United.

Frenkie de Jong is currently with the Dutch national team and found it amusing when a reporter asked him about a possible Manchester United move in a very unique fashion.

After Netherlands’ 2-2 draw against Poland on Saturday, Frenkie de Jong was asked whether he would swap the ‘Beaches of Catalonia’ for the ‘Cold of Manchester’.

De Jong just laughed as he found the question hilarious, before replying: “I can’t, I can’t say anything!”

Despite rejecting Manchester United’s offer for De Jong, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has admitted Barcelona will need to sell the Dutch midfielder to balance the books.

He told Barca TV: “If our economic situation requires the sale of an important player, we are ready for that.”

Barcelona have to offload a number of big names in order to comply with La Liga’s spending rules.

The Spanish side are in a financial crisis and are in a debt to the tune of €1bn (£850m).

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has told Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold that he wants the deal for De Jong completed by the new week.

If Manchester United are unable to reach a compromise with Barcelona for De Jong, Ten Hag wants the club to switch to other targets.

Ten Hag wants most of the club’s signings done before the start of pre-season.

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