A recent report from Diario SPORT offered an update on Frenkie de Jong’s situation at Barcelona. The report suggests Manchester City have entered the race to sign him.
The midfielder has become one of the most sought-after assets on the market with many expecting Barca to sanction his sale at the end of the season.
Selling de Jong, after all, could be the best way for Barcelona to generate funds that will go a long way towards reducing their economic losses and helping the club sign prime target Robert Lewandowski.
However, the report suggests that Barcelona have no intention of selling Frenkie for less than €100m as they value the player highly.
Paris Saint-Germain and the two Manchester clubs have largely shown the desire to seize the Dutchman next summer, United, in particular, anxious to secure his services at the end of the season.
Their new manager Erik ten Hag is desperate to reunite with de Jong at Old Trafford next season, with the Red Devils even willing to shell out €85m including variables.
Barcelona haven’t shown any suggestion to consider this offer just yet, even though their €100m price tag is seen as negotiable, to some extent.
Another suitor in the form of PSG could be ruled out of the suit as de Jong has rejected the Parisian juggernaut in the past. The midfielder has firmly stated that he values football projects over money.
That leaves Manchester City as the only other suitor for the former Ajax starlet. Fresh off the signing of prized striker Erling Haaland, the Citizens are currently in the hunt for a long-term replacement for Fernandinho, with de Jong fitting the bill perfectly.
Although the English champions are unwilling to match Man United’s €85m offer, they are open to adding one of their stars as a counterweight and Pep would be expected to Guardiola offers someone like Gabriel Jesus as a sacrifice.
Barcelona, however, are in favor of a cash deal for the sale of Frenkie de Jong, even though Xavi has recently considered the possibility of signing Bernardo Silva as a direct replacement for the Dutchman.