Bayern Munich have enquired about Frenkie de Jong’s availability as Barcelona’s monetary difficulties proceed, 90min understands.
The German champions are out there for a brand new midfielder and have focused West Ham’s Declan Rice in latest weeks, although the participant favours staying within the Premier League. Manchester City and Arsenal are at present in a bidding course of for the participant.
Bayern have held curiosity in De Jong for a while and have touched base to evaluate the potential of a deal, with the Dutch midfielder a robust different. De Jong was additionally wished by Chelsea final summer season – when present Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel was within the Stamford Bridge scorching seat.
De Jong has been a long-term goal for Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United, who themselves are hoping to enroll to 2 midfielders for subsequent season, and it is understood that they might be ready to enter the combo to signal him depending on availability – having focused the 26-year-old by the whole lot of final summer season.
United reached an settlement with Barcelona for the switch to happen price an general €85m, however could not full the deal as a consequence of a problem over hundreds of thousands of euros in deferred wages, which Barcelona owed to De Jong after he took a pay lower throughout the pandemic. 90min understands this downside has not but been solved between the participant’s camp and the membership.
De Jong has at all times maintained publicly that he wished to remain at Barcelona, and it stays the case that they’re his dream membership to play for. He established himself as a key participant underneath Xavi final season as Barcelona gained La Liga and is now established as one of many group’s leaders.
However, the departure of Sergio Busquets, and the alternative they select to usher in, might nonetheless but have an effect on De Jong’s future in some unspecified time in the future in the summertime. Barcelona are signing Dani Parejo from Villarreal amongst different cheaper choices, although Martin Zubimendi is a youthful candidate and a pure match for the pivot function that might be focused depending on participant gross sales.
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Barcelona would want to boost money to press ahead with a deal for the Real Sociedad midfielder, and want to shift the likes of Franck Kessie, Ansu Fati and different undesirable gamers to boost cash and provides them room to maneouvre out there. Should they not obtain appropriate bids for gamers they want to promote, nevertheless, the membership would possible think about substantial affords for established names – as evidenced with their acceptance of United’s bid for De Jong final summer season.
90min understands De Jong is a little bit apprehensive about his enjoying time as Barcelona’s seek for a brand new holding midfielder to exchange Busquets is dwell and fluid. They are anticipated to signal a less expensive and extra skilled choice to fill a spot within the squad however might but signal a primary alternative depending on circumstances.
Alongside Zubimendi, Marcelo Brozovic of Inter has been focused – although is within the strategy of transferring to Saudi Arabia – whereas Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich’s future will not be but determined amid public curiosity from Barcelona.
Kimmich is well liked by Xavi, who informed Mundo Deportivo earlier in June that “if there may be an open door, there might be a negotiation with Bayern” for a participant he as soon as referred to as “among the best on the earth”.
“What is evident is that we’d like a participant of a really excessive stage in that place, in any other case, it will likely be very tough to compete subsequent yr,” Xavi added on the place to Mundo.
The potential arrival of Kimmich might spell issue for De Jong when it comes to minutes at Barcelona, and would depart one other gap in Bayern’s midfield that they might look to fill.
Ten Hag and United, depending on De Jong’s availability, aren’t anticipated to be far-off from any deal for De Jong if a possible departure turns into a actuality. Sources have indicated to 90min lately that the previous Ajax midfield stays a participant that Ten Hag “adores” and in a super world, he would nonetheless be the proper midfielder for his challenge at Old Trafford.
United have made three affords to Chelsea for Mason Mount and have pressed forward with different gamers having failed of their makes an attempt to signal De Jong final yr.
The membership’s takeover course of – which has lasted seven months and counting – will not be but resolved, and has unquestionably hampered United’s switch exercise to date this summer season, a lot to the frustration of Ten Hag behind the scenes.
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