Manchester United’s offer for Frenkie de Jong ‘EXPIRES’ as the Dutchman turns down a £70m switch to Old Trafford this summer, coming as another blow to Erik ten Hag – and leaving Chelsea in the driving seat
- Manchester United’s offer for Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong has expired: report
- Erik ten Hag’s insistence on de Jong has hampered United’s other transfer plans
- Chelsea are in the driving seat to get the midfielder away from the Nou Camp
United seemed to be pushing to acquire the 25-year-old midfielder in a deal worth around £70million, in hopes of teaming de Jong up with new manager Erik ten Hag after their successful time together at Ajax.
However, Dutch football podcast Kick-off of de Telegraaf has said that the offer the Red Devils made to Barcelona to obtain the services of de Jong has run out.
Manchester United’s offer to Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong has expired, according to a report
And with Manchester United’s poor start to the Premier League season, it looks like the undefeated Chelsea could be in prime position to steal de Jong away.
Barcelona have tried to get de Jong to leave their set-up all summer, owing to the Catalan club’s financial situation, with the Dutch player owed a reported £17m in deferred wages which he has not been willing to forgo.
However, the Dutch midfielder did feature in Barcelona’s opening La Liga fixture, a goalless draw with Rayo Vallecano.
Erik ten Hag’s wish to sign de Jong has meant United have been hampered with other transfers
While United cut a deal with Barcelona last month, it is thought the midfielder was reluctant to join the Red Devils because of the lack of Champions League football this season – and now that window appears to have closed.
Ten Hag’s desire to get de Jong has reportedly hit United’s other transfer ambitions, with only a couple of weeks of the window remaining before it shuts for the rest of 2022.
And Chelsea, under new chairman Todd Boehly, may be the club with the budget to also meet Barcelona’s valuation of the star – and offer him the escape from the Nou Camp that he has not taken so far.