Manchester United tell Barcelona they want to conclude signing of Frenkie de Jong by FRIDAY as Red Devils chiefs fly to Spain to get deal done

    Manchester United have told Barcelona they want to conclude the signing of Frenkie de Jong by Friday, talkSPORT understands.

    Red Devils chiefs Richard Arnold and John Murtagh spent Monday in Barcelona in an attempt to force through a deal for the Dutch midfielder.

    United are growing impatient in their hunt for De Jong

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    United are growing impatient in their hunt for De Jong

    Man United boss Erik ten Hag is keen to improve their midfield following the exit of the likes of Paul Pogba and Juan Mata

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    Man United boss Erik ten Hag is keen to improve their midfield following the exit of the likes of Paul Pogba and Juan Mata

    It is believed their conversations with the Spanish giants are centred around the £17million de Jong is owed in unpaid wages due to their ongoing financial struggles.

    Progress on the deal has been delayed by the wage deferral De Jong agreed to at Barcelona during the COVID pandemic in 2020.

    The 13-time Premier League winners have already verbally agreed to pay a transfer fee worth £56m plus add-ons for the 25-year-old.

    De Jong has been a target of the Red Devils’ for some time now, with the 25-year-old being a priority for new boss Erik ten Hag.

    So far the Red Devils have brought in left-back Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord for £13m with the new Premier League season less than a month away. They have let go of 13 players this summer.

    When asked about the situation, Ten Hag said: “I never talk about players who are not under contract of Man United, players from different clubs, so I cannot tell anything about this issue.”

    De Jong played under Ten Hag at Ajax

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    De Jong played under Ten Hag at Ajax

    talkSPORT also understands that should Man United fail to get the De Jong deal done, they have a back-up list, which includes Wolves star Ruben Neves and Leicester man Youri Tielemans.

    Tielemans has been a target for Premier League rivals Arsenal and could be available for between £30-35m due to him being in the final year of his contract.

    Neves has been on United’s radar for some time and the Wolves man could be available for around £50m.

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