Man United close to signing Frenkie de Jong from Barça

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English Premier League giants Man United are still in talks with Barcelona over the transfer of midfielder Frenkie de Jong. According to multiple sources, the negotiations is progressing and an agreement might be reached soonest.

Man United close to signing Frenkie de Jong from Barça
Frenkie de Jong

Manchester United submitted an initial bid of around €65m (£56m) for Frenkie de Jong but was rejected by Barcelona.

Since Erik ten Hag had disclosed that Frenkie de Jong is one of his transfer targets this summer, the Premier League club had no choice but to increase the offer.

Man United have reportedly increased their offer to €80 million (£69 million), but Barcelona are still asking for a price closer to the €85 million (£73 million) mark.

Although the Red Devils are reluctant to go over £70 million as they prepare to pay his big salary as well, it is claimed that Barcelona is still pressuring United to go a little higher. Nevertheless, according to sources, a deal will be reached soonest.

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Ten Hag has been informed by United that a deal for De Jong is possible, and the manager is eager to reunite with the former Ajax player to start improving his team ahead of next season.

De Jong is expected to become one of the club’s highest-paid players, ranking only behind Cristiano Ronaldo and David De Gea. His personal terms have already been discussed between United and his agents earlier this month and that seems not to be a problem in the ongoing negotiations.

Man United close to signing Frenkie de Jong from Barça
De Jong

With pre-season starting, United officials are hoping to close a deal for De Jong in the upcoming week.

Meanwhile, Manchester United Supporter’s Trust (MUST) has revealed that they are not happy with the dividend payments to the Glazers Family. MUST describe the payment as “indefensible” as they claim that the Glazers Family has been poor in handling Manchester United.

The Glazers Family are the owners of Manchester United. Recently, a dividend of $11 million was paid to Man United shareholders and the majority of the payment will go to the Glazers family.

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However, the Manchester United Supporters Trust has released a statement, saying: “Today the Glazers pay themselves the lion’s share of an £11m dividend at the end of one of the worst seasons in living memory.

“Reward for failure is poor practice in any business, and totally unacceptable given the current state of things at United. “MUST is advocating and pursuing a strategy of engagement with the club and its owners, to get a stronger voice for fans, but this payment is indefensible.”

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