Manchester United remain locked in talks with Barcelona for the transfer of Frenkie de Jong.
The Spanish outfit are holding out for around €100m for the Dutch midfielder. But United are in no mood of giving into Barca’s demands amid the latter’s messy financial situation.
The Red Devils are calm despite a difference in what price the two clubs value the talented midfielder at.
David Ornstein in The Athletic’s podcast said: “Depending on who you speak to, there’s an expectation that Frenkie de Jong to United will eventually get done.”
Both European giants are waiting for the other to blink, but United have to make sure they sign Erik ten Hag’s priority target, having already missed out on Darwin Nunez to Liverpool.
The former Ajax manager has first-hand experience of De Jong’s abilities, and he’s keen to build his team around the 25-year-old.
The Netherlands international struggled under Xavi in a more advanced role, but in the recent Nations League fixtures he once again showed just how effective he can be picking up the ball from deep and driving forward.
Apart from De Jong, the Premier League side are also interested in adding Christian Eriksen to their midfield, and have already made an offer to the Dane. As per Ornstein, the absence of Champions League football is not a deal-breaker for the playmaker.