After having reached an agreement with Barcelona over a transfer fee for Frenkie de Jong, Manchester United have reportedly issued an ultimatum to the midfielder as they look to push ahead with the deal.
This claim comes from SPORT, with the report suggesting that the Premier League giants are attempting on finalizing the deal at the earliest possible.
Manchester United have been working on a deal to sign de Jong for weeks now and finally managed to reach an agreement with Barcelona over a deal worth €85 million, including variables.
However, despite all of Man United’s efforts, the Netherlands international is not convinced about the transfer. The lack of UEFA Champions League football at Old Trafford is said to be a major concern for the 25-year-old.
At the same time, de Jong is also reluctant to leave Barça as he is owed a large sum in deferred payments from the club and the amount that Manchester United are offering does not cover it.
The Red Devils have been trying to find means of an arrangement with the Dutch midfielder’s agent, but not much cooperation has been forthcoming, which is a concern for them now.
And, hence, Manchester United have issued an ultimatum to de Jong to make a decision by this week or they will look at other options.
De Jong was warming up to the idea of leaving Barça for the Premier League side but the salary issue has become a hurdle. He wants to stay put at Camp Nou, but at the same time, he is unwilling to lower his wages either, making the situation tricky for Barcelona as well.
The negotiations are reportedly in a tense situation, although the Catalans will make another attempt to try and convince the former AFC Ajax to accept the proposal from Manchester United. Whether he is willing to alter his stance in the coming days remains to be seen.