Manchester United are ready to pay Frenkie de Jong an even higher salary to sign the Barcelona star, according to reports. Erik ten Hag is eager to reunite with his former Ajax midfielder. But a transfer, as of this writing, remains pending.
Manchester United have spent most of the summer in talks with Barcelona over De Jong.
They are willing to pay an upfront fee of £63m to land the 25-year-old, with Ten Hag adamant the midfielder is key to his Old Trafford project.
Now, according to Sport, United are ready to give the player even more money to make sure he joins.
It is claimed that they are ‘now in a position’ to raise the midfielder’s salary.
Previously, there were claims that United were ready to pay De Jong a salary of £395,000 a week – eclipsing what he is currently earning at Barcelona.
So, in this case, there is a possibility that they will bring him even closer to Cristiano Ronaldo in the earnings table.
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Still, this saga still has some legs to go and there’s no end in sight right now.
Another player Barcelona have included on the tour is Miralem Pjanic, although the Bosnian international is considered surplus to requirements.
Big things were expected of the 32-year-old when he left Juventus in the 2020 summer transfer window.
But Pjanic worked hard under Ronald Koeman and spent last season on loan at Besiktas, where he made 26 Turkish Super Lig appearances.
The former Juventus and Lyon star has offered to leave the club and is ready to leave should Xavi decide to release him.
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Still, Pjanic is reportedly ready to stay at Barcelona and even lower his own salary to ensure he stays at Camp Nou.
Regarding De Jong, the midfielder has been asked about his future twice in recent months.
In May he said: “I used to be reckless when asked about other clubs, that time has passed.
“I can’t say anything about it but I prefer to stay at Barcelona.
“I’ve said it before, Barcelona have been my dream club since I was little.
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“If other clubs call, I’ll take the call, of course. It’s something that always happens.”
Then, in June, he responded to speculation about his future, saying: “You’re always flattered when teams are interested in you as a player.
“But I think I’m at the biggest club in the world at the moment, I feel good there, so no news.”
United made a final raid on Barcelona for Victor Valdes in 2015, with the goalkeeper moving during Louis van Gaal’s dugout.
The goalkeeper, however, barely played before being replaced by Sergio Romero.
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