Man United face delay in De Jong pursuit
The Red Devils have been in constant negotiations with Barcelona for the 25-year-old, but they are yet to finalize a suitable agreement for his transfer.
A fixed fee of €65 million has reportedly been agreed between the clubs, but discussions continue over the structure of the add-ons that could be worth €20m.
As per The Athletic, United’s pursuit of De Jong is likely to be delayed further, and the midfielder may not travel with the squad to Thailand on July 8.
However, there are suggestions that the Dutchman could be with the team in Australia from July 13, provided United make a breakthrough with the Blaugrana.
De Jong has been the number one target for manager Erik ten Hag, and the club’s hierarchy are doing their best to secure his signature at the earliest possibility.
As things stand, there is no competition for the Dutch star, but there have been claims that Chelsea could enter the race if there is a breakdown in transfer talks.
Hence, United should be wary of a possible late approach from the Blues. The west London club recently failed to hijack the transfer of Richarlison from Tottenham.
This further emphasises the need to speed up negotiations with Barcelona. United don’t want to pay over the odds, but haggling over the fee could attract other clubs.
Ten Hag’s initial plan was to secure most signings before the pre-season tour, but as of now, Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen could possibly be the only arrivals.
The Red Devils are pressing to sign Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez by Thursday, but a deal may not be straightforward as they must meet the €50m price tag.
Chelsea still favourites to sign Serie A defender
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Chelsea are still front-runners to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus regardless of Bayern Munich interest.
However, the Blues are determined to bolster their central defence following the free switch exits of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen in the summer.
De Ligt has emerged as the prime transfer target, and it seems they’re in pole place to sign him over the approaching weeks.
Bayern have additionally been credited with an interest, however they’re but to make a proper bid to Juventus in contrast to Chelsea.
The Blues’ have offer around €70m plus €10m in add-ons which was rejected, however they’re said to come back with an improve bid.
Juventus at present worth De Ligt at around €100m, and it’s claimed that Chelsea could pay close to the release clause soon.
Chelsea are nonetheless to make a summer season signing which has annoyed their followers.
They’re anticipated to hurry up the recruitment progress, and De Ligt could possibly be signed earlier than the second half of pre-season.