De Jong does not want to leave Barcelona but if he does he wants to join a club playing Champions League football. United cannot offer that – they just about made it into the Europa League – but Barcelona’s financial issues may make a sale non-negotiable.
Barcelona are currently unable to register Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie to due Financial Fair Play problems, so will need to offer a sacrificial lamb if they are to perform the surgery they need to on their squad this close-season.
De Jong, 25, is probably the most saleable asset they have in their squad. And given the relative strength of their midfield he is probably the one player they can afford to lose this summer.
Manchester United have opened direct talks with Barça for Frenkie de Jong. Price tag around €85m, waiting for opening bid. 🚨 #MUFC
De Jong is still not convinced to leave Barça and he wants UCL football – Man Utd will try to push again as Barça need to solve financial issues. pic.twitter.com/jT18D37sPK
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 1, 2022