Man Utd still believe they can get midfielder De Jong out of Barcelona
The Premier League club will not give up on the Dutch international
Frenkie de Jong is back in the shop window. Manchester United have not given up and will continue to try to sign him, although they believe it will be more feasible to close the deal in the summer.
According to the 'Mirror' and the 'Manchester Evening News', the midfielder is now more open to a change of scenery and has told the United coach, Erik Ten Hag, as much. United hope it will be possible to reach an agreement between all the parties.
De Jong has always expressed his desire to continue at Barça, but it is also true that before the World Cup he revealed his discontent with the Barça board of directors -- and even with Xavi Hernández -- because they did not defend him and put him on the transfer market last summer.
That crack, added to Barça's insistent need to lower his salary, could motivate his decision to listen to proposals at the end of the season.
Barça have insisted in recent weeks that De Jong is not for sale, but internally they are also clear that an agreement must be reached to lower his salary. The player's camp are turning a deaf ear to the reduction request as they feel that De Jong has already lowered his salary in the past and is now receiving the money back as stipulated in his contract.
United, through their owners, have €200 million to invest in transfers and the idea is to remodel their entire midfield to try to win titles. The ambitious objective of the English team is to sign Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) and try to agree on the arrival of De Jong once and for all.
Barça do not foresee movements now in the month of January and it will be necessary to see if they need a multimillion-euro sale in June due to the salary limit.