What’s the latest on de Jong?
According to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Barcelona have reached “full agreement” for the signing of de Jong for a package worth close to £72m, but there are still issues on personal terms, with the Dutchman’s priority being to remain at the Camp Nou.
According to the Mirror, United chief executive Richard Arnold and football director John Murtough had travelled to Barcelona to try and get the deal for de Jong over the line, but they left the Catalan capital empty-handed, with the deal still no closer to completion.
Indeed, according to reports in Spain, Chelsea had joined the race for the 44-time Netherlands international, which will come as a worry to Erik ten Hag and his United side, due to the fact that their Premier League rivals can offer Champions League football this season, whilst the Manchester club finished sixth in the Premier League and trophyless last season, meaning they will be competing in the Europa League this campaign.
But Jacobs believes that United still had hope in bringing the Dutchman to United this season, with Barcelona president Joan Laporta being inconsistent with his words and actions.
What has Jacobs said about de Jong?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “What will have given United hope is, despite Laporta publicly saying de Jong would stay, privately Barca also offered up de Jong to Chelsea and sources said they were very much open to a sale.
“It’s a classic example of Laporta saying one thing and doing another.”
What will happen with de Jong?
With every development in this transfer saga, there seems to be a fresh twist which either benefits or hinders ten Hag’s chances of a reunion with his former midfielder at Ajax.
It seems that Barcelona are eager to get de Jong off the wage bill, and it is rumoured that they owe the Dutchman £17m after the 25-year-old deferred his weekly wages during the covid pandemic.
Despite the recent developments seemingly going in Manchester United’s favour, ten Hag will be eager for the situation to be resolved quickly, so that the club can get him training ahead of the Premier League’s kick-off in August, or move onto other targets this summer.