Frenkie de Jong tells Man Utd he’s not interested as Ten Hag problems mount up

Erik ten Hag's problems were mounting on Thursday when Frenkie de Jong snubbed a move to Manchester United.

De Jong told United he wasn't interested in going to Old Trafford and wanted to remain at Barcelona instead, leaving Ten Hag stunned. And to make matters worse for Ten Hag, Cristiano Ronaldo has re-iterated his desire to find a new club, while United have been priced out of a move for the Portuguese's potential replacement, with Ajax demanding more than £75million for forward Antony.

The trio of setbacks have left Ten Hag's preparations for the new season in disarray, less than two weeks before Brighton visit Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the new campaign.

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United bosses have spent two months attempting to land de Jong after Ten Hag made him his No1 priority in the summer transfer window. United had agreed a £71m deal with Barca and were confident of signing the Holland midfielder.

But De Jong, 25, has no desire to move to Manchester because he is still owed £17m in deferred wages from the Spanish giants and has told his team-mates he is going nowhere.

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Ronaldo, meanwhile, remains determined to leave United following crunch talks with Ten Hag and club CEO Richard Arnold. The 37-year-old has asked United to release him from the final 12 months of his £500,000-a-week deal so he can find a club that can offer him Champions League football.

But United are reluctant to let Ronaldo leave and the stand-off is threatening to split the dressing room before a ball has even been kicked in anger this season.

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