The topic of Frenkie de Jong’s future at Barcelona has been dominating the headlines quite a fair bit over the last couple of weeks.
Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for the 24-year-old Netherlands international, with reports going as far as claiming that a transfer was close to being completed.
However, speaking on his YouTube channel, reliable transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has dismissed those claims, stating that there is no truth to the reports of de Jong being headed for Manchester United in the summer.
The Italian journalist adds that Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez still remains intent on keeping hold of the Dutchman, although the club could be open to considering proposals for him due to their financial situation.
Romano further adds that while there have been contacts with Manchester United over a move, nothing is advanced at the moment. Furthermore, the midfielder wants to paly in the UEFA Champions League, which would potentially rule the Red Devils out of the running.
At the same time, Romano also adds that Premier League champions Manchester City are also very much interested in Frenkie de Jong and see him as an ideal addition to their midfield unit this summer.
With Fernandinho set to depart at the end of the season, Pep Guardiola’s side are on the lookout for a new midfielder, with the Barcelona star on their list of potential targets.
However, shelling out around €70-80 million for the former AFC Ajax ace in the summer could be tricky for the Citizens after they have already invested heavily in the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.
While de Jong may be courting interest from two of the biggest clubs in England, he remains committed to Barcelona and wishes to achieve success at the club.
And, manager Xavi also seems to have a lot of faith in the Netherlands star. So, unless an extraordinary offer arrives in the summer, it is unlikely that the 24-year-old would be on the move.