Manchester United's chase of Frenkie de Jong: The Latest

It is no secret that Manchester United have made Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong their number one priority for this transfer window, with new boss Erik ten Hag keen to work with the 25-year-old once more following their successful spell together at Ajax.

However, the deal has proved far more slow-moving than many on both sides would have liked, with reports of De Jong's unwillingness to go and Barcelona and Manchester United's distance when it comes to transfer fee littering the media.

And, despite weeks of the same rumours dragging on, it appears that little has changed. That is according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who claims that despite direct contact on Tuesday afternoon, no agreement has been reached on a fee.

This comes with Barcelona demanding at least 86m euros (£74m) for the deal to be struck, something that the Red Devils view as unrealistic.

Moreover, the Blaugrana want it all as guaranteed fees, rather than including add on potential, in order for them to be able to spend more on strengthening their own squad this summer.

Barcelona target Bernardo Silva

Should a deal for De Jong be able to be struck, Xavi will turn his attentions to Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva, who he views as a key part of his project at the Camp Nou.

However, it would require a similar sort of fee to the one that they themselves are demanding for De Jong, which would leave them cash-strapped in their pursuits of Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde and Raphinha, all of whom they have shown strong interest in.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

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