Manchester United are reportedly ‘obsessed’ with the concept of signing Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong in what can be the beginning of a radical summer rebuild at Old Trafford. United are said to view signing De Jong as a deal that might ‘send a message’ to competitors within the transfer market.
With 4 senior midfielders leaving the club on free transfers this summer, the engine room is evidently the realm that needs sorting probably the most at Old Trafford. Only Scott McTominay, Fred, Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek remain because the club’s senior midfield options, and reinforcements will likely be wanted as such.
That features De Jong, who’s United’s principal goal this transfer window. And in accordance with Fabrizio Romano the club are obsessive about the concept of signing the Dutchman in the summertime window; not only to plug the gap in midfield, but to send a message to their rivals that they mean business.
“I’m sure that Man Utd will try and take a look at because they’re convinced signing Frenkie de Jong will mean something greater than signing a improbable midfielder, something greater than signing a very important player on the pitch,” Romano told Wettfreunde. “It’ll be a message to the market. For this reason Man Utd are obsessive about this transfer.
“Because signing Frenkie de Jong whenever you do not have Champions League football, when you’ve a recent project with a recent manager like Erik ten Hag, it’ll send a message to many other players and lots of other clubs that claims ‘okay, we’re still at the highest level and we will try this even when other top clubs are signing other top players like (Erling) Haaland, Darwin Nunez.’
“So, this is the reason Man Utd are really trying for this deal.” It’s one thing talking about signing De Jong, but as of yet there may be nothing concrete just yet when it comes to clinching an agreement. And Romano believes that Barcelona won’t budge until United meet their £74million valuation.
He added: “In the mean time there continues to be no agreement. So it just isn’t a simple deal needless to say. It just isn’t easy because FC Barcelona within the last meeting were pretty clear with Man Utd. They told them they are not going to just accept €60m with add-ons, €70m million with add-ons.