Manchester United have made a fresh bid of €65 million plus add-ons for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, Spanish publication Marca claims.
The Red Devils have made it a priority to sign the Netherlands international this summer, but they are yet to reach a transfer agreement with the Blaugrana.
Their opening bid of €60m plus €20m in add-ons was rejected by the Blaugrana, and they have now improved their offer with a fixed fee of around €65m.
However, the Catalan giants are expected to reject the proposal as well. The club are eyeing at least €75m as the initial fee to part ways with the Dutch midfielder.
The Blaugrana can only spend one-third of the funds received from De Jong’s sale amid Financial Fair Play restrictions. Hence, they are not in a hurry to sell.
While United want to take advantage of their financial issues, Xavi Hernandez’s side prefer to play the waiting game until their asking price is met.
Barcelona’s socios approved a couple of economic levers earlier this month, and this could provide with funds of up to €700m to cover up the recent losses.
Despite this, they may need to offload players to ease their wage bill, but the urgency has somewhat reduced. They are prepared to sanction deals at the right price.
Hence, United can’t expect any favours from the Blaugrana at the moment, and this saga could drag on until the club come closer to the reported valuation.
Meanwhile, it was recently claimed that De Jong has been convinced by United manager Erik ten Hag over a potential transfer to Old Trafford this summer.
However, Marca suggests otherwise. It is reported that the player would need time to assess his future if the clubs come to a suitable agreement over the fee.
The pursuit of De Jong was always expected to be a tedious process, and there is a possibility that the negotiations could prolong for the next few weeks.
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