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Man Utd in talks with Barcelona for De Jong, opening bid made

Manchester United are in constant contact with Barcelona over midfielder Frenkie de Jong as they look to prise him away, reputed journalist Fabrizio Romano claims.

The Netherlands international is the priority summer target for new manager Erik ten Hag, having previously coached him at Ajax for two-and-a-half seasons.

It is now reported that United have been in talks with the Blaugrana since June 1, and they recently had an opening bid of €60 million plus €10m in add-ons rejected.

Negotiations are still ongoing between the clubs. The Catalan giants value the 25-year-old at €85m, and could be compelled to sell for that price due to their financial issues.

Our view:

Barcelona’s economic vice-president Eduard Romeu recently made a big revelation by stating that the Spanish club need around €500m to save the club.

It is clear that they need to recoup funds to ease their financial concerns. Among the main players, De Jong is among the most valuable and the club consider him dispensable for the right price.

This should further boost United’s prospects of signing him. There is currently a small difference in the financial demands, but the clubs could reach a suitable agreement over the coming days.

The main topic of debate is whether De Jong would be willing to join without Champions League football, but United seem optimistic that Ten Hag’s presence will lure him to Old Trafford this summer.

The Red Devils would still want to secure a deal at the earliest possibility to avoid a bidding battle with the likes of Bayern, Munich, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, who are keeping tabs on De Jong.

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