By Conor Laird
Published: June 10, 2022 6:17 p.m.
Last update: June 11, 2022 3:34 p.m.
A fresh and quite meaningful update on Manchester United’s ongoing pursuit of Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong was provided on Friday.
Dutch international de Jong, of course, has been hotly tipped for a Camp Nou departure this summer.
Despite his undoubted talents and persistent assurances from boss Xavi Hernandez that the former Ajax player remains at the center of his plans, the Catalan capital’s board are said to be seriously considering selling de Jong.
In turn, so far one club and one club only have been pushed in the media as the likeliest landing spot for the midfield maestro – Manchester United.
Due to the departures of all Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata, the Red Devils are expected to be on the hunt for fresh blood in the middle of the park throughout next summer.
And de Jong is one of those players believed to sit high on the wish list at Old Trafford, where he would of course be in line for a meeting with former manager Erik ten Hag.
Reports over the past 48 hours, meanwhile, have indicated an acceleration from the Manchester transfer side amid their continued push for the 25-year-old.
And now, as mentioned above, a new insight into the situation has been provided.
First, this afternoon, word was to come that, finally, the Old Trafford transfer team had opened formal talks with their Barcelona counterparts, over a deal for de Jong.
And since then, a glimpse of the latter’s demands when it comes to selling their once-so-sought-after Dutch international has also arrived.
The information comes from reliable Blaugrana journalists Samuel Marsden and Moises Llorens, who point to demands of no less than 100 million euros presented to United in the last round of negotiations.
It is understood that there is some leeway as to the precise distribution of this sum, with considerable additions likely to be necessary to bring the total sum to the aforementioned 100 million.
Nonetheless, transfer officials in Catalonia have made their position clear, communicating to the Red Devils and any other clubs interested in the club’s assets this summer that their dire financial situation “does not mean they will allow players to leave for cheap”.
Barcelona will listen to offers worth €100m for Frenkie de Jong after holding official talks with Manchester United, sources familiar with the negotiations have said. @samuelmarsden and @moillorens 👀 pic.twitter.com/yvjh5cEFsl
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 10, 2022
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