“All I know is that Frenkie de Jong wants to stay at Barcelona,” Ronald Koeman has said via Esport3.
“He told it to me 2 days ago [on Saturday; the interview was out on Monday],” the Dutchman added.
Barcelona are said to be very close to reaching an agreement with Manchester United over Frenkie de Jong’s sale. If the player refuses to leave, the move will not happen.
Barca could negotiate with the player over a pay cut if the latter ends up staying. De Jong’s wages reportedly will rise a lot next season.
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Meanwhile, there’s a feeling that the former Ajax man doesn’t want to make a switch to Manchester United due to their inability to feature in the Champions League next season. However, it is believed that with the influence of his former Ajax boss at helm now with Man United that he could consider making the move.
Erik ten Hag is reportedly desperate to build his Man United squad around the 26-year-old box-to-box midfielder with the likes of Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, and Nemanja Matic all departed the club already.