Manchester United will make a renewed transfer proposal for Barcelona’s Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
The clubs are still around £15m apart in valuation following United’s opening gambit of £51m plus bonuses but de Jong is Erik ten Hag’s priority along with free agent Christian Eriksen who has an offer from Tottenham.
However, Ajax’s Dutch defender Jurrien Timber, another of United’s targets this summer, is to sign a new deal with the Eredivisie side.
Erik Ten Hag sees Frenkie De Jong as an integral part of his revolution at Manchester United
Ten Hag wants United to sort out the de Jong transfer as a matter of urgency because he regards the Dutch midfielder as the key player in the style revolution he intends to bring to Old Trafford.
Once De Jong is signed from Barcelona, he will then decide which players he needs with the remainder of the budget.
Whilst their bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester City have set about bringing in reinforcements this window, the Red Devils are still yet to make any signings.
Ten Hag doesn’t want the club spending transfer money on less important targets at this stage
De Jong played 59 games under Ten Hag
And with one of the biggest transfer stories of the window still yet to really gain any traction, United fans’ wait for a new face at Old Trafford appears set to continue for a while longer.
United had hoped Barca would be desperate to sell because of their perilous financial state and mounting debts of close to £1bn.
The Catalan club have to submit accounts to La Liga by the end of June, which will determine their spending limits next season, meaning a quick transfer seemed to be to their advantage as it would help to balance the books.
However, Barca members last week approved a £600m fundraising deal, mortgaging a percentage of future TV rights and merchandising rights to cover the majority of the debt.
Barca feel that will strengthen their hand in holding out for the full fee, as they are now willing to bide their time.
Despite their financial troubles, they also remain confident of signing Robert Lewandowski, who has one year left to run on his deal at Bayern Munich.
Another United target Jurrien Timber will now sign a new deal to stay at Ajax