Frenkie de Jong’s time at Barcelona could be fast approaching an end as Manchester Evening News reports that the Catalans have reached an agreement with Manchester United over the transfer of the 25-year-old midfielder.
De Jong has emerged as Man United’s top transfer target this summer, following the appointment of Erik ten Hag as manager. The Dutchman coached the midfielder at AFC Ajax and has been intent on reuniting with him at Old Trafford.
The two clubs have been in negotiations for quite some time now. Barcelona are in desperate need of player sales to generate revenue as well as clear up space on their wage bill for new arrivals.
De Jong has been identified as the most sellable asset at the club due to his transfer value as well as the high wages he earns, as his exit would make a lot of room on the payroll.
Manchester United had seen an offer get knocked back earlier, but talks between them and the Blaugrana have progressed positively, with the report now claiming that the two teams have arrived at an agreement over the transfer.
As per the update, the Premier League giants will be paying Barcelona a transfer fee of €65 million plus add-ons. Furthermore, it is also claimed that the initial fee will be paid in instalments rather than in one go.
The transfer is subject to Frenkie de Jong agreeing personal terms with Manchester United. While the midfielder has constantly stated that he wishes to stay at Barcelona, he is now likely to accept his fate and move to Old Trafford, where he will join forces with former boss ten Hag.
The deal is expected to be made official after the midfielder completes his medical. De Jong is currently away on holiday and United might have to wait until he returns to get the deal over the line.
But as things stand, Barcelona and Manchester United have an agreement over the transfer of the Netherlands international.