Sky Sports have claimed that Manchester United could walk away from a move for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
The Lowdown: De Jong now keen on a move?
The Red Devils want to make the 25-year-old their first major summer signing but have had an opening offer of €60m (£51.2m) plus €10m (£8.5m) in add-ons rejected.
Erik ten Hag has reportedly persuaded De Jong to make the move to Old Trafford, so it looks as if United just need to agree on a fee. That appears to be the major stumbling block in regards to a transfer, though, and Sky Sports have now provided an update live on air.
The Latest: Sky Sports update
Sky Sports relayed some on-air news regarding United and De Jong on Saturday afternoon.
They outlined: “We’ve been told that Manchester United will walk away from a deal for Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong if they can’t agree what they feel is a reasonable fee for the midfielder.”
They added that “talks are ongoing”, although both clubs are still apart when it comes to a valuation.
The Verdict: Need to be quick
De Jong has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford ever since Ten Hag was announced as manager at the end of April.
Seven weeks on, a transfer still hasn’t been agreed upon, so United may have to set a deadline when it comes to their pursuit of the Dutch midfielder before moving on to alternative targets.
Ten Hag is rather short of midfield options after it was announced that Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata will all leave; and with time ticking, United chiefs need to get the ball rolling with a number of signings if they are to be adequately stocked for the start of the 2022/23 campaign.
In other news – Fabrizio Romano: Man Utd and Ten Hag are now in ‘new’ talks for ‘huge talent’ as well as De Jong