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Manchester United are nonetheless eager on signing Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona (Getty) Barcelona president...
Manchester United are still keen on signing Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona
Manchester United are nonetheless eager on signing Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona (Getty)

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has refused to rule out the prospect of Manchester United signing Frenkie de Jong this summer season.

Erik ten Hag has made De Jong his prime goal for United and the membership have agreed a €85 million (£71.7m) take care of Barca.

However De Jong’s desire is to stay at Camp Nou and isn’t offered on the thought of becoming a member of United primarily attributable to their lack of Champions League soccer.

One other complication is that Barca owe the 25-year-old round €17m (£14m) in wages after he agreed to defer a part of his wage to assist the membership’s monetary scenario.

United have nonetheless not given up hope of signing De Jong this summer season and whereas Laporta says he desires De Jong to remain, he admits the Netherlands worldwide might nonetheless be offered.

Requested if he is ready to verify that De Jong gained’t be part of United, Laporta informed CBS Sports: ‘In soccer, you by no means know.

‘I can’t say categorically. All of it is dependent upon the totally different events.

‘However in precept, I can say there’s a sturdy risk he stays, and I can say as president I’ll do my finest for him to remain at Barcelona.’

Frenkie de Jong's preference is to remain at Barcelona this summer
Frenkie de Jong’s desire is to stay at Barcelona this summer season (AMA/Getty)

When requested what’s going to occur if De Jong doesn’t settle for a pay lower, Laporta mentioned: ‘Then he will proceed. Has has a contract. We are going to respect that call.

‘For us, he’s a Barcelona participant. We rely on him.

‘The very first thing to say is we wish Frenkie to remain at Barcelona. We love the participant and him as a human being.

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‘I would like him to remain at Barcelona. He’s a high-quality participant and a very good guy. I additionally know that he desires to remain.

‘All we’re doing with Frenkie is similar as the remainder of the squad. The signings coming in have adjusted their wage to the brand new construction.

‘However Frenkie has a contract and we respect that. We will’t power him to take a pay lower. It’s his choice.’

Requested if he has supplied De Jong to Chelsea throughout his dinner with the membership’s new co-owner Todd Boehly, Laporta replied: ‘No, no, no.

‘We had a really good dinner in Barcelona and we talked usually about soccer.

‘He’s a really profitable businessman. He’s concerned in sport with the Lakers and Dodgers and now with Chelsea. He seems to be like a person who is aware of what he desires to do and it was a really good dinner.’

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