“£74million or nothing” – Club tells Manchester United after transfer meeting on Tuesday

Richard Arnold De Jong
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Manchester United were in direct contact with Spanish club Barcelona over the transfer of Dutch international midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has identified De Jong as a priority signing for the Red Devils this summer and is keen on reuniting with his former Ajax player.

Despite having a direct contact with Barcelona on Tuesday, Manchester United failed to reach an agreement with the Spanish side.

According to reliable transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona told Manchester United during the meeting on Tuesday that they won’t accept less than £74million (€86m) for De Jong.

Barcelona also reportedly want the £74million as guaranteed and not add-ons.

Manchester United are reportedly willing to pay around £60million for De Jong with a further £5million in add-ons.

Barcelona ideally need to sell to raise funds to strengthen their squad and United also know they are the only club seriously in for De Jong. 

Manchester United insist club won’t pay over the odds for De Jong and are prepared to walk away from a deal for De Jong if a compromise is not reached with Barcelona.

Manchester United were accused of paying inflated fees for players when Ed Woodward was in charge of running the club, but new chief executive Richard Arnold and football director John Murtough are expected to drive a harder line.

With Barcelona willing to sell, Manchester United keen on buying and De Jong open to joining Manchester United, it is believed it’s only a matter of time before an agreement is reached between Manchester United and Barcelona.

Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold has revealed the club is doing everything possible to sign Barcelona midfielder De Jong.

Arnold said: “Money is not a consideration in who we want.

“It’s that the manager wants him, that they’ve actually done the work on looking if he’s a great player.

“Is it £100 million or £200million? I don’t know. Get who you f***ing want. 

“Do you want me buying the players? Doesn’t that ring a bell?”

He added: “United officials are in Barcelona getting the deal done for De Jong.

“As a club we’re doing everything possible to get the deal done, I’ve been up for days trying to get it done. The money is there but there’s things standing in our way which I can’t say.”

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