Man United suffer summer rebuild blow in pursuit of Frenkie De Jong

‘I prefer to stay with Barcelona, it is just my dream club’: Manchester United suffer summer rebuild blow as Frenkie de Jong admits he has no intention of joining Erik ten Hag’s side, with Red Devils’ bid to sign him becoming ‘totally pointless’

  • Frenkie De Jong has revealed his desire to stay at Barcelona despite speculation
  • The 26-year-old star has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United 
  • Erik ten Hag is eager to add the midfielder De Jong to his new-look United squad
  • The Holland midfielder played for Erik ten Hag at Ajax between 2016 and 2019

Frenkie De Jong has revealed his desire to stay at Barcelona, rather than link up with his former manager Erik ten Hag at Manchester United.

The Holland international midfielder starred under ten Hag at Ajax between 2016 and 2019 and is said to be available for around £65million if Barca can replace the 25-year-old with a major name. 

De Jong made 47 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions this season, scoring four times from midfield.

Frenkie De Jong has revealed his desire to stay at Barcelona rather than join Man United

The Holland international midfielder starred under ten Hag at Ajax between 2016 and 2019

However, the midfielder has revealed to ESPN his desire to stay at Barcelona and fight for his place in the squad – despite the Catalan giants looking to offload the Dutchman.

The latest development is a huge blow to United’s plans to rebuild their current squad to suit the style of play that incoming boss ten Hag demands. 

‘I prefer to stay with Barcelona,’ De Jong told ESPN. ‘Barcelona is just my dream club. Also from a young age. I just said it too. 

It is a huge blow to United’s plans to rebuild their current squad under new boss Erik ten Hag

‘I’ve never regretted my choice despite the fact that I had hoped for more in terms of prizes than I’ve achieved so far. But I have never regretted my choice.’

ESPN reporter Alex Shaw also tweeted: ‘At £75m or so, and with a player who is not dead set on joining, Man Utd have got to pull the plug on this one and go elsewhere. 

‘It’s becoming a totally pointless pursuit.’

De Jong played under ten Hag during his time at Ajax, where the Dutch manager helped him develop and attract interest from Barca among other elite clubs, following a string of superb displays during the 2018-19 season.

He eventually joined Barcelona from Ajax for £64m in 2019 after months of speculation. 

De Jong has failed to impress heavily since arriving in Spain and could benefit from a move elsewhere.

De Jong (pictured, left) played under ten Hag (right) during his time at Dutch giants Ajax

Barcelona’s salary limit is finally not in negative numbers this summer but a planned £1.3billion stadium renovation and the £331m the club owes in deferred wages means club president Joan Laporta remains open to offloading players.

A report in the Spanish media on Thursday said that Barca would be willing to let De Jong leave if they can replace him with FIFA Men’s Player of the Year Robert Lewandowski or Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva.

Laporta admitted to Le Sportiu: ‘Right now, everything is open.

‘The truth is that there are players we have renewed and who have a present and a future, and it is obvious that we want them to continue in our ranks.

Barcelona club president Joan Laporta remains open to offloading players including De Jong

‘And there are others that also have a high quality but have a market, also have proposals, and in this case a lot will depend a lot on the issue of [financial] fair play.

‘I’m talking about Barca’s first-team players and there are many who have great quality.

‘Frenkie has great quality, he knows our system and, yes, he is a coveted player in the market and we have received proposals, but we think he should continue at Barca.’

Although De Jong could still potentially be available this summer, it is expected that Manchester United will begin to turn their focus elsewhere, as they look to recruit a new midfielder. 




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