Manchester United are ready to agree personal terms with FC Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, according to Spanish outlet AS (via The Faithful MUFC). The club are ready to offer the Dutch midfielder wages worth £260,000 per week.
Frenkie de Jong has been linked with a move to Old Trafford as Erik ten Hag aims to strengthen the midfield ahead of the 2022-23 season. The Red Devils have seen the likes of Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba leave the club this summer, leaving a large hole to fill in midfield.
Frenkie de Jong is therefore seen as the ideal candidate to fill the void left by the two aforementioned players. According to reports, Barcelona have offered a firm bid from Manchester United worth around €85 million (£71 million). All that is left is for De Jong to accept the personal terms offered by the Red Devils.
According to the aforementioned source, Barcelona will happily accept the transfer fee worth €85 million. The Catalan giants will be getting a large sum of money while also getting rid of De Jong’s hefty wages. The Dutchman still has four years remaining on his contract at the Nou Camp, which could be a reason why Barcelona are keen to offload the 25-year-old midfielder.
According to AS, Frenkie de Jong currently finds himself behind both Gavi and Pedri in the pecking order under the management of Xavi Hernandez.
It is, however, worth mentioning that Frenkie de Jong is still not convinced by a move to Manchester United. The 25-year-old midfielder wants to compete in the UEFA Champions League, something he will not be able to do at Old Trafford. The Red Devils finished sixth in the Premier League last season and will be competing in the UEFA Europa League during the 2022-23 campaign.
Manchester United have so far signed just one player this season
Manchester United have had a slow start to the summer transfer window. At the time of writing, the Red Devils have only signed one new player, that being Tyrell Malacia.
United hijacked the deal from Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyonnais and brought him to Old Trafford for a fee of around £14 million.
Manchester United, however, have been linked with a number of players this summer. According to Fabrizio Romano, Danish star Christian Eriksen is closing in on a move to United on a three-year contract once the lawyers have looked into the paperwork.