Manchester United ‘suffer blow with Frenkie de Jong set to remain at Barcelona’


Manchester United are set to miss out on the signing of Frenkie de Jong, with the midfielder poised to remain at Barcelona.

As reported by Sport, de Jong is prepared to accept a pay cut in order to remain at the Nou Camp.

United have pursued de Jong all summer and Chelsea have also expressed an interest in the Dutchman but it now looks like a deal won’t materialise.

De Jong is owed £17million by Barcelona in amortisations and back payments but he and his agent will now hold talks with the club about restructuring his contract.

The 25-year-old was annoyed as he felt that Barcelona leaked that his contract could be illegal in order to pressurise him into a move to United.

However, de Jong is adamant that he doesn’t want to leave and he has constantly informed Barcelona of his stance even when they agreed a deal with United.

De Jong has been a Barcelona player since 2019 and has made 142 appearances for the club, winning the Copa del Rey in the 2020-21 campaign.

Manchester United have signed Casemiro, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia in this transfer window.

United are eager to make further signings and have had a bid of £76million rejected for Ajax winger Antony, while they have also been linked with Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.


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