Manchester United’s negotiations with Barcelona over a deal for midfielder Frenkie de Jong have an agreement is close to being reached.
Manchester United have failed with an opening bid of about 65 million euros (£ 56m) for the Dutchman but are still determined to secure a deal across the line, indicating their determination to extend their bid to provide Erik ten Hag with his first goal of the summer.
Barcelona have been adamant about approaching 85 million euros (£ 73m) and sources have confirmed in the 90m that United have extended their offer to € 80m (£ 69m).
Understandably, Barcelona are still pushing United to move up a bit, even though the Red Devils are reluctant to break the £ 70m bar as they prepare to take his big salary. However, sources believe that the agreement will be made soon.
Manchester United have informed Ten Hag that De Jong’s contract is imminent, with the manager eager to meet his former Ajax star to restart Old Trafford.
De Jong’s terms have already been discussed between United and his representatives earlier this month and are not seen as a problem, as De Jong will be one of the team’s top earners – behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and David De Gea.
United officials are hoping to finalize De Jong’s contract next week as the season begins.