Man Utd transfer news: Frenkie de Jong blow after private message to Koeman ‘days ago’ | Football | Sport


Frenkie de Jong allegedly told Ronald Koeman just ‘days ago’ that he still wants to stay at Barcelona this summer, plunging a transfer to Manchester United into doubt. The Red Devils remain locked in negotiations over a deal for their top target, although there is confidence an agreement worth in the region of £69million is now close.

Nonetheless, it seems even if United strike a deal with Barcelona for the player, De Jong will still need convincing that Old Trafford is the best place for him to play football next season.

On several occasions, the midfield technician has made it categorically clear that he would like to stay at Barca but the Catalan giants appear to be ignoring his wishes to stay.

Instead, they are open to selling the Dutchman, knowing full well it would go a long way to helping them ease their financial struggles off the field.

According to Koeman, who coached De Jong with the Holland national team, the player is adamant he wants to stay with Barca – something recently disclosed to him during a one-to-one conversation.

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Erik ten Hag has launched a charm offensive for the 25-year-old and has promised to build his United team around him.

The 52-year-old knows how to get the best from the midfield maestro, something he has reportedly relayed to De Jong during personal conversations between the pair.

Yet still, that hasn’t quite been enough to see De Jong’s head fully turn as he continues to wait for his future to be decided.

Ideally, he would love to remain with Barcelona and show his class but with Barca pushing him towards the exit door – a transfer still seems likely.

United are not prepared to move onto other targets just yet though and their total focus remain on landing De Jong.

Their opening proposal worth around £51m was said to have been rejected by Barcelona in the early stages of the summer transfer window.

Since then, United have declared they would be willing to return with a sizeable offer in a bid to twist Barcelona’s arm.

The club are yet to make a signing in the summer transfer window though and they will be desperate for progress within the next week.

De Jong also wants his future resolved as speculation continues to dominate headlines in both England and Spain.

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