Manchester United could conclude Frenkie de Jong’s move to Old Trafford imminently if the midfielder changes his mind over completing the switch as ‘everything is ready’, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.
The Red Devils are preparing for their first season under the tutelage of Erik ten Hag, following his appointment as manager, but they have been left frustrated in their efforts to recruit de Jong so far.
What’s the latest news involving de Jong?
According to The Athletic, Manchester United have reached an agreement with Barcelona as they look to lure de Jong away from the Nou Camp.
The report suggests ten Hag’s charges have agreed to pay an initial fee of £63million, but add-ons could see an additional £8.47million coughed up.
However, the Red Devils are facing an uphill battle in their bid to sign de Jong as Spanish sources have claimed the 25-year-old has no interest in heading to the Premier League, although he would be open to joining reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
It comes after it was previously revealed that the Manchester United transfer target is desperate to remain on Barcelona’s books and only a switch to a Champions League club would be enough to tempt de Jong away.
The move is also being held up as Barcelona are still refusing to pay de Jong the £14.5million he is owed following the restructuring of his contract.
What has Fabrizio Romano said about de Jong?
Romano understands that Manchester United and Barcelona are eager to get the deal involving de Jong over the line.
The transfer guru believes the clubs are just waiting for the green light from the former Ajax man before he can be unveiled as ten Hag’s latest recruit.
Romano told GIVEMESPORT: “It’s important to remember that Manchester United and Barcelona are ready. Everything is ready.
“Any day the player changes his mind and says ‘okay, I’m ready to go’, the clubs are ready.”
Why has de Jong been courted by ten Hag all summer?
Ten Hag has inherited a Manchester United squad low on confidence, having finished last season 13 points shy of Champions League qualification and conceded more Premier League goals than relegated Burnley.
De Jong is someone the new Red Devils chief knows well, having selected his fellow countryman 59 times during his Ajax reign.
Ten Hag is looking to return Manchester United to their former glory days and recruiting de Jong, who has won trophies in his homeland as well as during his time at Barcelona, could go a long way towards achieving that goal.
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