Barcelona ask Man Utd for €20m more as they hold ‘new direct talks’ over De Jong

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Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong before a match Credit: PA Images
Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong before a match Credit: PA Images

Barcelona and Manchester United are now in talks over an €85m deal for Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The two clubs have been in talks over the 25-year-old’s move to Old Trafford for a number of weeks.

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United appear to be getting closer and closer to finally agreeing a fee with Barcelona, who are in dire need of raising funds through the player’s sale.

Spanish outlet Sport reported over the weekend that a deal is ‘close’ and the Red Devils will pay £68m to acquire the Netherlands international.

However, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has provided a fresh update on the De Jong saga.

According to the Italian journalist, the Premier League side made a €65m bid, however, Barcelona have asked for €85/86m.

Romano wrote on Twitter: “Manchester United had a new direct contact today for Frenkie de Jong deal.

“After €65m new verbal bid, Barca ask for €85/86m fee. The agreement is finally getting closer as clubs are in talks about add-ons to reach €85m full package. Work in progress between clubs.”

United boss Erik ten Hag is keen to reunite with De Jong after their successful time together at Ajax.

Two current Ajax stars that Ten Hag’s side are looking at are Brazilian winger Antony and Argentine defender Lisandro Martinez.

Dutch journalist Marcel van der Kraan claims that the Eredivisie club have valued the pair at a combined £130m.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Van der Kraan said: “Martinez has two offers from England, one is from Arsenal and one is from Manchester United. But, when I say offer, there’s been an offer to the club to talk, there’s been offer to his agent to discuss things.

“And there is not an absolute concrete money offer on the table yet but that could soon happen. Then again he’s an expensive one because Ajax are demanding £45m- £50m for this player.

“Why is this? Ajax have no need to sell any more players. They have the money, they are financially ok and they have said: look, if anybody comes in for Martinez, or Antony for instance – who is worth £80m in the eyes of Ajax – the prices they are asking are absolutely huge because they have no need to sell.

“And they know Man United, like many clubs in Europe at this moment, need players, so it’s a very awkward position Manchester United are in at this moment.”

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