Romano tells Man Utd fans to ignore Laporta talk but admits De Jong still wants Barcelona stay

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·3-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Man Utd target Frenkie de Jong looks unhappy Credit: PA Images
Man Utd target Frenkie de Jong looks unhappy Credit: PA Images

Fabrizio Romano has told Man Utd fans not to “don’t read too much into Joan Laporta’s public comments” over Frenkie de Jong as Barcelona remain in negotiations.

The speculation over De Jong’s future has been rumbling for months now with Man Utd currently in talks with Barcelona as they look to agree a transfer fee.

Spanish journalist Gerard Moreno claimed earlier in the week that the Red Devils had an offer of €65m plus another €22m in variables on the table but that Barcelona wanted the deal structured as €75m plus €12m in add-ons.

Transfer gossip: Jesse Lingard set for surprise switch abroad, Man Utd eye Nice defender

Barcelona president Joan Laporta insisted yesterday that the only way the Catalan giants would sell De Jong this summer is if they had “no other choice”.

Laporta said: “Frenkie de Jong is Barcelona player – we don’t want to sell him unless we have no other choice. Of course we know there are offers for de Jong – but we don’t want to sell him.”

Romano has urged Man Utd supporters to pay little attention to Laporta’s comments but he did warn that De Jong is still far from convinced that he should move to Old Trafford.

Romano wrote in his Caught Offside column: “Manchester United fans will be desperate to see progress on this long-running transfer saga, but at the moment nothing has changed on Frenkie de Jong.

“Still, don’t read too much into Joan Laporta’s public comments that the player is absolutely not for sale, because Manchester United and Barcelona are in direct contact beyond official statements; but there is still no agreement on the structure of the €20m add-ons, while the €65m fixed fee is almost agreed.

“The personal terms have not been discussed because De Jong would like to stay at Barcelona as a priority and wants to play the Champions League. He loves the club and United have been aware of this issue for some time. Still, Erik ten Hag will try in every way to change the player’s mind in the coming days.”

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has told Man Utd that he wants to leave the club this summer and has missed training this week due to ‘family reasons’.

Romano insists that the Red Devils are in the dark as to when he will return to training while he reckons a move to Bayern Munich would be “ideal” for the Bundesliga champions.

Romano added: “As things stand, nobody at Manchester United knows when Cristiano Ronaldo will return to pre-season training – a remarkable situation for new manager Erik ten Hag to be put in in his first summer in charge!

“Of course, his great disappointment remains with the current state of the club and he really wants to leave as soon as possible. Age is only a number, and he’s still performing at a high level, even in such a difficult season at United last year, so it’s easy to imagine him still having an impact in his competition – the Champions League.

“Bayern Munich have confirmed that they have no interest in this deal, but in my personal opinion it would be ideal for the German club to proceed with Ronaldo for a season and then sign a real replacement for Robert Lewandowski in the summer of 2023.

“There has also been interest from Chelsea, and I’ll discuss that further below. But I’m sure that wherever he goes, Cristiano can still make the difference.”

 

The article Romano tells Man Utd fans to ignore Laporta talk but admits De Jong still wants Barcelona stay appeared first on Football365.com.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting