An insight into the current distance between Manchester United and Barcelona in negotiations over Frenkie de Jong has been provided on Friday.
Recent weeks have of course seen reports linking Dutch international de Jong with an Old Trafford switch move up a notch.
With the former Ajax standout widely understood to have been identified as the no.1 target to reinforce United’s ranks in the middle of the park ahead of next season, talks were officially kicked into gear between the Premier League giants and Barcelona over a potential deal this day last week.
Such negotiations came amid the widespread understanding that de Jong had given his blessing to a move to Manchester, where he would of course link up with the man who oversaw the finest form of his career to date – Erik ten Hag.
And yet, to this point, little has been reported when it comes to steps forward in United's pursuit.
A fresh insight into the situation, in turn, has been provided on Friday evening.
The info comes courtesy of the reliable James Ducker of The Daily Telegraph, who has confirmed that the holdup in negotiations between the respective boards at Old Trafford and the Camp Nou comes owing to a considerable difference in valuation.
To this point, United are understood to have offered up around €65 million in their bid to bring de Jong to the club. Barca, though, are holding out for a fee closer to 85 million.
Significantly, however, it is also suggested that the Red Devils are the only club expressing a legitimate interest in signing the Dutchman this summer, strengthening the hand of the English outfit.
In addition, despite confirmation of a €600 million monetary boost in the Catalan capital late on Thursday night, it is also suggested that the Blaugrana remain in financial peril, and are therefore likely to sanction de Jong's exit in the case of an offer arriving in the ballpark of the club's hefty asking price.
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