Manchester United’s bid for Frenkie de Jong ‘EXPIRES’ as Dutchman turns down £70m move to Old Trafford, coming as another blow to Erik ten Hag – and leaving Chelsea in charge
- Manchester United’s bid for Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong has expired: report
- Erik ten Hag’s insistence on de Jong hampered United’s other transfer plans
- Chelsea are in charge to keep the midfielder away from Camp Nou
The long saga of Manchester United’s pursuit of Frenkie de Jong this summer may have reached its final snag, with a report in the Netherlands claiming the club’s offer to Barcelona has expired.
United appeared to be pushing to acquire the 25-year-old midfielder in a deal worth around £70m, hoping to pair de Jong with new manager Erik ten Hag after their successful time together at Ajax.
However, Dutch football podcast Kick-off of de Telegraaf say the Red Devils’ offer to Barcelona to secure de Jong’s services has run out.
Manchester United’s offer to Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong has expired, report claims
And with Manchester United’s poor start to the Premier League season, it looks like unbeaten Chelsea could be in a prime position to steal de Jong.
Barcelona tried to get de Jong out of the squad all summer, due to the Catalan club’s financial situation, with the Dutch player owing £17million in deferred wages which he was unwilling to give up.
However, the Dutch midfielder featured in Barcelona’s La Liga opener, a goalless draw with Rayo Vallecano.
Erik ten Hag’s desire to sign de Jong meant United were hampered by further transfers
While United agreed a deal with Barcelona last month, it’s believed the midfielder was reluctant to join the Red Devils due to the lack of Champions League football this season – and now that window appears to have closed.
Ten Hag’s desire to secure de Jong is said to have dented United’s other transfer ambitions, with just weeks of the window remaining before it closes for the rest of 2022.
And Chelsea, under new chairman Todd Boehly, could be the club with the budget to also meet Barcelona’s assessment of the star – and offer him the escape from the Nou Camp he didn’t take. so far.