Frenkie De Jong latest: ‘Fee agreed’ between Man Utd & Barcelona amid Harry Maguire twist
We’ve rounded up the latest on Manchester United’s pursuit of the Barcelona star.
Manchester United are nearing their first signing of the summer transfer window, according to multiple reports, with Frenkie De Jong close to securing a move to Old Trafford.
The 25-year-old has been the Red Devils’ primary target in the market, with Erik ten Hag keen for a reunion with his former midfield general.
A move for De Jong - one of the best young midfielders in Europe - would also be seen as a statement signing for United, especially given their inability to offer him Champions League football.
It will also ease concerns from fans after a slow start to the window in comparison to rivals Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, while the news could offer a boost to the squad as they return to pre-season training at Carrington on Monday.
But what’s the latest on De Jong, and what exactly has been reported? We’ve rounded up all the major stories from the weekend surrounding the former Ajax man.
De Jong latest
They add Barcelona originally were holding out for a fee of £73m (€80m) but a deal closer to £69m has been agreed.
TalkSPORT agree with those claims in the Times, however journalist Gerard Romero says De Jong will cost around £73m plus add-ons, while the Daily Mail report the fee is closer to £55m, potentially rising to £68m.
Negotiations on personal terms have not started yet between De Jong and United, but this is not expected to be a stumbling block, as per the Telegraph.
The Netherlands international had spoken about his desire to remain at Barcelona earlier this summer, but, as per AS, he was shocked the club wanted to sell him and is comforted by the fact he will play under Ten Hag again.
They report the Red Devils rejected the Catalan club’s attempt to bring the England international to the Nou Camp as part of the deal, with Ten Hag keen to have Maguire as part of his plans for next season.