Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is a top transfer target for Manchester United this summer.
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag worked with Frenkie de Jong at Ajax, turning him into one of the best midfielders into world, and is keen on reuniting with the Dutch midfielder at Manchester United.
De Jong played under Ten Hag when Ajax reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019 before joining Barcelona.
Frenkie de Jong has admitted he is ‘flattered’ by interest from Manchester United after the Holland midfielder turned in a dazzling display in their 3-2 win over Wales.
Asked about United’s pursuit of him, Frenkie de Jong said: “You’re always flattered when teams show interest in you as a player but I am at the biggest club in the world at the moment and I feel fine there, so no news.”
De Jong’s comments about being flattered by Manchester United’s interest comes amid reports claiming Barcelona have lowered their asking price for the midfielder.
Barcelona rejected Manchester United’s bid of €70million, with the Spanish side demanding for €100million but they have now reportedly lowered their asking price.
According to Spanish media outlet Sport via Manchester Evening News, Barcelona are now reportedly willing to accept an offer of €80million for Frenkie de Jong.
Manchester United were reportedly ready to abandon the club’s interest in De Jong due to Barcelona’s high asking price but are now set to continue talks following Barcelona’s willingness to reduce their asking price.
Barcelona are in serious debt and must sell the Dutch midfielder, who is one of their highest earners, before they can register new signings.
Barcelona are thought to have debts of around €1billion meaning they could be forced to sell a number of their key players in order to operate under La Liga finance rules.
Although De Jong was initially reluctant to leave Barcelona, he has accepted the current situation at Barcelona and is thought to be open to a reunion with Ten Hag at Manchester United.
It should also be noted that Manchester United’s interest in signing Denmark international playmaker Christian Eriksen does not rule out a move for De Jong.
Eriksen is set to become a free agent when his contract with Brentford expires at the end of June and Manchester United have offered a deal to the 30 year old midfielder.
Eriksen’s availability as a free agent is an attractive proposition for United with the Red Devils working on a limited budget this summer after failing to qualify for the Champions League.
Manchester United see De Jong as a different type of midfielder to Eriksen and will continue negotiations with Barcelona over the former Ajax star regardless of any move for Eriksen.