Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong ‘wants to stay at Barcelona’ and negotiations over his personal terms could prove pivotal if he is to end up heading to Old Trafford, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.
The Red Devils have completed their first signing of the Erik ten Hag era, with Tyrell Malacia joining from Feyenoord in a £14.7million deal, but de Jong is firmly on the Dutchman’s radar.
What’s the latest news involving de Jong?
Romano has revealed Manchester United have agreed a fixed fee with Barcelona for de Jong, but discussions are ongoing as there is still confusion as to how the add-ons – which would see the Red Devils’ outlay increase to £73million – can be activated.
It is understood that the Red Devils have yet to discuss personal terms with the central midfielder despite an agreement between the clubs nearing.
While Barcelona president Joan Laporta has insisted he has no intention of sanctioning de Jong’s exit, he has suggested the Dutchman will need to take a pay cut in order to remain on the La Liga giants’ books.
However, Manchester United’s hopes of luring de Jong away from the Nou Camp have potentially been boosted as Romano has previously told GIVEMESPORT that the 25-year-old is not interested in accepting reduced terms.
De Jong’s current Barcelona agreement, which still has four years to run, is worth £164,000-per-week.
What has Fabrizio Romano said about de Jong?
Romano understands de Jong would prefer to remain with his current employers instead of making the switch to Manchester United.
However, the transfer guru believes negotiations over personal terms could result in a change of heart.
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Romano told GIVEMESPORT: “The player’s side is the real point because it’s true that Frenkie de Jong wants to stay at Barcelona, so let’s see how the negotiations on the personal terms will go.
“This is the really key point for Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United – the personal terms.”
Are Man Utd the only club chasing de Jong?
According to The Guardian, Chelsea are monitoring developments and could target de Jong if his move to Manchester United breaks down.
The report suggests Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel is a huge admirer of the 44-cap Netherlands international.
It is understood that, if de Jong were to leave Barcelona, his preference is to move to a club competing in the Champions League.
The west Londoners can offer that, having finished third in the Premier League last season, while Manchester United cannot.