Just yesterday, the general director of Manchester United , Richard Arnold, and the director of football, John Murtough, appeared in Barcelona to hold a meeting with the three most visible faces of the FC Barcelona sports management : Mateu Alemany, Jordi Cruyff and Rafa Yuste.
The meeting ended with an agreement. According to the journalist Oriol Domenech, both clubs agreed to transfer Frenkie de Jong to Manchester united for around €85 million. Although, at the moment, it is not known what amount would be paid in cash or what part would be paid in variables, what is clear is that the figure is an average between the €60 million that the combined islands intended to spend and the close to 100 that the culés demanded.
In any case, the operation is still at the player’s expense. For the moment, the Dutchman has been firm in his idea of making a career at the Camp Nou and has rejected, one after another, all of Manchester United’s approaches. Not even the presence of his compatriot Erik ten Hag on the bench at Old Trafford has managed to change his mind.
Since Barça needs to make money to be able to face the new contracts, it seems very likely that the leaders will increase the level of pressure on a footballer who, if he ends up crossing the exit door, could be replaced by the Portuguese Bernardo Silva (Manchester city).