Reliable transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed Manchester United is in direct talks with Barcelona over the transfer of midfielder Frenkie de Jong
De Jong has a release clause of €400million in his Barcelona contract
However, Barcelona are reportedly willing to let the 25-year-old Dutch midfielder leave this summer if they receive a bid in the region of €85million
New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is keen on signing new midfielders this summer and De Jong is an option for the Red Devils.
Barcelona boss Xavi will reportedly love De Jong to stay with the Spanish side
Moreover, but understands Barcelona have to sell this summer due to their financial crisis
De Jong also reportedly wants to remain at Barcelona and has concerns about joining a Manchester United side that will play Europa League football next season after finishing sixth in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Manchester United has been warned that De Jong isn’t the complete package
That’s the view of former Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas who claims De Jong’s passing isn’t up to scratch.
Fabrizio revealed: “Manchester United have opened direct talks with Barça for Frenkie de Jong.
“The price tag is around €85m, waiting for an opening bid.
“De Jong is still not convinced to leave Barça and he wants UCL football
“Man Utd will try to push again as Barça needs to solve financial issues.
Fabregas told Catalunya Radio:
“When the expectation is very high it is not easy. I like Frenkie a lot, he breaks lines by driving the ball, he just lacks the final pass.”