According to a new report, Frenkie de Jong does not want to join Manchester United and is refusing to leave Barcelona.
Spanish outlet Sport dropped the bomb this morning claiming that “De Jong is determined to stay on the Blaugrana team.”
“He has no intention of quitting at the moment and he has handed it over to two clubs.”
The news will be a big blow to United after yesterday reported that a broad agreement had been reached on his signature between the Red Devils and Barça.
Initially, there were doubts about the Dutchman’s willingness to leave Camp Nou, but more recent reports say that new manager Erik ten Hag used their previous job at Ajax to persuade De Jong to leave.
Sport is adamant in this story, adding:
“The situation grew tense. As much as [United] press him, the footballer wants to be successful for Barcelona.
“In recent weeks, Frenkie has started to doubt even his agent Ali Dursun because he insisted on being placed at United.
“He doesn’t like everyone’s” pushing “him to leave [Barça]which he described at the end of May as “the club of my childhood dreams.”
The sport is now panicking that the attitude of the 25-year-old could threaten the club’s entire summer transfer strategy and pay structure.
“We’ll see if De Jong remains firm or if, on the contrary, gives in to pressure,” says Sport.
“Barça needs that to be the case because the few signatures they have in mind depend on the Dutchman’s transfer.
“In addition, the former Ajax player’s salary has risen sharply since the fourth year. [Barcelona]in a full wage restructuring, they cannot afford this expense if they want to reduce their wage mass. “
The situation certainly seems more tragic for Blaugrana than it is for the Red Devils. United have back-up options including Youri Tielemans from Leicester City. In addition, they were credited with an interest in FC Porto star Vitinha who appeared to be related to PSG. However, this deal also ran into problems at the last minute.