Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is now ‘open’ to a meeting with Erik ten Hag at Manchester United, according to Dharmesh Sheth.
United have reportedly agreed to a fee worth €85m to sign the Dutch playmaker, however, the Premier League club have struggled to convince the player to join.
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De Jong is believed to prefer to stay at the Nou Camp, although the La Liga giants are happy to let him go as they seek to raise funds and reduce their wage bill.
The 25-year-old is also attracting interest from Chelseawho are currently prioritizing the signing of Jules Kounde from Sevilla.
The Red Devils have received a major boost in their pursuit of De Jong, with sky sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth revealing he was ‘open’ to leaving Barcelona for United.
🔥 “Man Utd fans can’t handle the facts. De Jong doesn’t want to go!
👀 “If I choose a team between Man United or Chelsea… I’m going Chelsea!”
😳 “Man United are in trouble!”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 21, 2022
Ten Hag worked with the player at Ajax and without his influence this transfer saga would probably have died in the water.
Sheth revealed that United face a final hurdle if they want to complete the signing, as De Jong owes between £14m and £17m in deferred salary payments.
The former Ajax player doesn’t want to leave Barca until this issue is resolved.
Sheth would have said Give me sports: “The information we get is that he would be open to a meeting with Erik Ten Hag. The problem comes down to these deferred salary payments, because De Jong – with the majority of the Barcelona team during the pandemic – has suffered a pay cut. This pay cut represented deferred payments and we believe he owed between £14m and £17m. So he wants that money before he decides what he is going to do next.
Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans has emerged as a potential alternative to De Jong.
Tielemans is seen as a ‘cheaper and less complicated’ option and is also attracting interest from Arsenal.
Although the Gunners haven’t made an official offer, the Belgian is very keen to switch Leicester for London.