Man Utd ‘waiting’ for ‘opportunity’ to agree deal for world-class 26yo star – report

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 27: Frenkie de Jong of FC Barcelona looks on during the LaLiga EA Sports match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys on January 27, 2024 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

According to Sport, Manchester United is keeping an eye on Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and may seize the chance to sign him this summer.

The Dutchman has always piqued the eye of the Red Devils. When manager Erik ten Hag arrived, they were determined to sign him in the summer of 2022.

The midfield player expressed his desire to stay with the Catalan giants despite an agreement to accept a contract worth €85 million being reached with the Blaugrana.

According to Sport (page 3), De Jong must sign a new deal with a wage decrease in order to stay with the team. They also state that there are no non-transferable players in the lineup.

Conversely, it seems that the Dutchman is hoping for a pay increase. At the moment, his pay is considered “medium-level.” Even though his contract expires in June 2026, he wants to carry on.

As they “wait for events,” United may seize the “opportunity” to sign him. There are rumors that Paris Saint-Germain is interested in the former Ajax player as well.

De Jong unlikely to move to Man Utd this summer

Two years ago, Ten Hag was excited to get back again with De Jong, but the midfielder was not interested in leaving Barcelona. He declined to discuss transfer terms on a personal level.

We think that this time around, we might witness a similar circumstance. The 26-year-old doesn’t seem to be backing down from his decision to stick with the Blaugrana.

United might find it difficult to pay for his services even if he becomes available on the transfer market.

Barcelona was reportedly considering paying €85 million for him two years ago, and given the significant sums they have recently spent on midfield players, they may ask for €100 million.

United is unlikely to pay such a premium given their financial constraints and lack of Champions League football.

His pay represents yet another significant obstacle for United. With his astounding weekly salary of €475,000, he will be looking for a wage increase before considering a move to Old Trafford.

With the possible departures of Anthony Martial, Jadon Sancho, and Raphael Varane this summer, United intends to reduce their pay expenditure. Casemiro may go for the door leading out.

De Jong’s transfer to Old Trafford is unlikely to make him the best paid player in the Premier League as the new leadership is desperate to maintain control over their compensation structure.

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