Former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister has revealed Barcelona know Manchester United are desperate to sign Frenkie de Jong and are pushing hard to get as much money as they can get.
Following Tuesday’s meeting between Manchester United and Barcelona over the transfer of De Jong, the Spanish side told Manchester United that they are not willing to accept less than €86million for De Jong.
While there is still work to do in order to get the deal done, Pallister is confident De Jong has the ability plus the experience of ‘playing in the spotlight’ to revitalise United’s meek midfield.
Pallister told Metro: “Barcelona know how desperate United are to bring in players.
“They are going to push to the nth degree to get whatever money they can and that is the case whenever United come knocking.
“They are still seen as one of the richest clubs in the world.
“Hopefully they can get that deal done, de Jong is at the right age, has plenty of experience and is the type of player that can really express himself at a place like United.
“He is used to the pressure and the spotlight having been at Barcelona so he would certainly tick a box. Midfield has been an area of concern.”
Pallister has also urged the club to wrap up a deal for Christian Eriksen.
“I think that is a no brainer if they can get their hands on him,” he added.
“Hopefully his medical issues are all dealt with, we saw in his role for Brentford last season that he has still got amazing ability and on a free transfer it’s a no brainer.
“You wonder how it would work with Bruno Fernandes at the club but that’s for Erik ten Hag (to sort).
“But I don’t think you can ever have too many quality players in the side.
“It gives you options, helps with injuries if that becomes a problem and when you have someone with the class of Eriksen… I would like to see that deal done as well.”