Barcelona’s director of football Mateu Alemany has revealed the club are yet to make a decision on whether they will sell Frenkie de Jong this summer. The 59-year-old was faced with questions on the player, who has been strongly linked to Manchester United following the appointment of his former manager Erik ten Hag.
De Jong’s value is said to have plateaued after three seasons in Catalonia, meaning Barcelona may be forced to consider a sale.
Furthermore, the Spanish giants could also be faced with more financial difficulties this summer and offloading De Jong could ease the pressure.
But Alemany made it clear he feels the technician is an important cog in Xavi’s machine.
“We haven’t made any decisions on the squad, de Jong is important for us,” Alemany said.
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Express Sport understands that while United are interested in De Jong, the speculation has got well ahead of the reality.
Ten Hag is open to a reunion with his former player as he prepares to get to work at Old Trafford.
De Jong built a reputation as one of the brightest young midfielders in all of world football under the 52-year-old tactician, as Ajax reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.
Donny van de Beek is expected to be handed a clean slate at United following his loan spell with Everton and there could now be major changes to United’s midfield.
Following talk an agreement was close with Man United, De Jong was understood to be frustrated by the intensive speculation as he focuses on finishing the season strongly with Barcelona.
United could have up to £150million to spend on transfers this summer, plus whatever cash is raised through player sales.
With Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic set to leave the club, United will be in need of at least two midfielders.
James Garner could be handed his breakthrough moment following an impressive stint on loan at Nottingham Forest this season.