Former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has told Manchester United that they should have some self-respect in negotiations for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, and the Red Devils might have to present the player an ultimatum as they give the impression of being to beat Chelsea to the signing. Erik ten Hag’s club have reportedly agreed a fee for the Dutch playmaker but one major hurdle they should overcome is convincing the player to affix, as De Jong would favor to stay in Barcelona.
Agbonlahor doesn’t imagine that United needs to be within the business of getting to spend time convincing players to maneuver to Old Trafford nevertheless. “It’s going to come back to the stage where Man United have to have some self-respect,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.
“A club of Man United’s stature, how have they fallen where De Jong has said ‘Let me keep you on hold and make my mind up in a few months’. That isn’t how Man United are used to being treated, normally it’s ‘I’ll sign for Man United, let’s get it done’.
“It’s a bit embarrassing for them the longer it goes on, to be honest. Perhaps they’ve got to present him an ultimatum and say ‘There may be this date. You either sign or we’re moving on to other players’.”
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“I actually have already said it before, Barcelona are the club of my dreams since I used to be little. If other clubs call I’ll take the decision, after all. It’s something that’s at all times done.”
Agbonlahor claims that United could set an ultimatum for the player, and reports claim that is precisely what they’ve done. United chiefs have said to have set a deadline of Friday for a move to be wrapped up or they are going to move on to other targets.
Christian Eriksen is ready to be one midfielder coming into Old Trafford on a free transfer, while Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans and Wolves’ Ruben Neves have been linked with a move to United previously and the club may step up interest in either player if Friday’s deadline for De Jong passes and so they aren’t any closer in competing a deal.
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