Man United are finally ready to call it quits in their efforts to sign Frenkie de Jong.
Erik ten Hag made it pretty clear that Frenkie de Jong was his number one target going into the summer transfer window. The Dutchman was identified as the ideal midfielder for this system.
After several twists and turns, it looks as though Manchester United is about to throw in the towel.
It’s the Daily Mirror with the claim. They state that United are ‘ready to pull the plug’ on their move to sign their key transfer target. On top of that the Reds are ready to move onto other options in the midfield position.
De Jong’s move to the Theatre of Dreams was delayed due to unpaid wages, meaning the Dutchman was owed £15m by FC Barcelona.
Since then, Chelsea have shown an interest in De Jong and it’s thought that the midfielder would prefer a move to Stamford Bridge. That makes sense, given the fact they have Champions League football on the table.
Although United, like Chelsea, were willing to pay De Jong the £15m he’s owed, the Red Devils will fall short in their pursuit of the 25-year-old. Obviously, that’s a massive shame.
It always felt like United were facing an uphill battle as De Jong’s preference was to remain with FC Barcelona. Now though, it seems as if the Reds have fully given up in their chase of the midfielder.
Other targets like Youri Tielemans and Ruben Neves have been linked. Both may not be as talented as De Jong on paper, though what they lack in that department, they make up for with their Premier League experience.
I’m just relieved that this saga is ending one way or another.
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