MANCHESTER UNITED have faced another transfer blow over Frenkie De Jong with Barcelona now viewing the midfielder as “indispensable”, according to reports.
The Red Devils spent much of the summer attempting to land the Dutchman and reunite him with his former boss Erik ten Hag.
But their efforts came to nothing – despite Barcelona looking vulnerable due to their financial issues.
There were even reports that the Spanish club wanted to cut his wages to save some cash.
But the situation now appears to have drastically changed with Sport reporting he is now viewed as “indispensable” at the Nou Camp.
The publication also claims that any attempts to reduce his wages have been shelved.
De Jong’s position at Barcelona had for long appeared unstable with a row over his wages making headlines earlier this season.
But it now appears tensions have cooled and the 25-year-old has become a key part of Xavi’s side.
Barcelona sit top of La Liga and have won their past five league fixtures since October’s El Clasico defeat.
And with the long-serving Sergio Busquets potentially leaving at the end of the season, De Jong could be seen as a long-term replacement.
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Man United had wanted to bring the tempo-setting midfielder to Old Trafford.
De Jong was part the Ajax team, led by Erik ten Hag, who came within seconds of making the Champions League final in 2019.
But a deal could not be done and he remained in Spain.
He has now made 13 league appearances for Barcelona, scoring two goals and registering an assist.