Frenkie de Jong deal could collapse after ’embarrassing’ new Man United blow – pundit

Noel Whelan has claimed Frenkie de Jong’s reluctance to join Man United “doesn’t bode well” for the completion of a £63.8million deal.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 25-year-old will want to remain at Barcelona following the signing of Raphinha and Ousmane Dembele’s contract renewal.

 

According to Fabrizio Romano (14 July), Barcelona and Man United have struck a “full agreement” for the signing of De Jong worth a guaranteed €75million (£63.8million) plus add-ons.

Spanish outlet Sport claimed later that day that the Netherlands international has no intention of joining the Red Devils as he wishes to remain at the Camp Nou.

 

De Jong, who has four years remaining on his Barcelona contract, notched four goals and five assists in 45 games for the Blaugrana last season.

Whelan suggested Barca’s participation in this season’s Champions League may also play a factor in the midfielder’s reluctance.

 

“It is embarrassing,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“But it just shows that it’s not easy for Man United to get these top-quality players through the door anymore.

“De Jong is looking at Barca – they’ve re-signed Dembele and Raphinha is coming in – and thinking it’s a good time to stay at the club.

“They’re going to be fighting for league titles and fighting in the Champions League – it’s a giant of a club.

 

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“It’s not easy for a player to turn down the move when a fee has been agreed – and it really doesn’t bode well for getting this deal done if you’re Man United.

“But he wants to be playing in the Champions League – and for that reason, he’s not desperate to come to Man United.”

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