It looks like we have reached the final chapter of the Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United saga. Reports from Mike Verweij suggest the Red Devils’ offer for the Dutchman has expired.
De Jong refuses to join the record-Premier Leauge winners despite their lucrative offer, which includes full compensation for his deferred salary. In fact, he reportedly believes United to be an ‘erratically-ran club’.
If United want to still pursue de Jong’s signature, they will have to run a new offer past Barcelona and then get it approved by the player. The latter, as of now, seems like a near-impossible task.
Part of the reason why Barcelona want to sell the midfielder is because of his deferred wages, but also because of the hike his salary will take this season.
This is part of the renewal he signed under Josep Bartomeu, which the club has now reportedly claimed to be ‘illegal’. They have asked him to reduce his salary while also threatening legal action if he does not comply.
De Jong, on the other hand, believes the club is running a smear campaign against him, and that the threats are unfounded, which is why he is not willing to give in to either demand.
Chelsea are also in the race to sign the 25-year-old but have not submitted a formal offer to Barça. The Blues want to convince the player first before tabling a bid. Fabrizio Romano claims Todd Boehly is willing to wait until the window slams shut for de Jong.