Why Frenkie de Jong has 'serious doubts' over Man Utd transfer

Robin Bairner
Robin Bairner 23 Jun 2022 17:36 CEST 3 min read
Frenkie de Jong, Barcelona, 2021-22

Frenkie de Jong continues to be subject to serious transfer interest from Manchester United, despite the Barcelona midfielder possessing what are described as “serious doubts” over a move.

Man Utd have been chasing the 25-year-old since his former Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag took over as manager at Old Trafford. The Red Devils have already had one approach of €60 million rebuffed by the Amsterdam outfit, and they are reportedly ready to make another offer.

But even if they are successful in having a bid accepted by Barcelona – who are reportedly seeking to recoup as much as €100m for the Netherlands international owing to their difficult financial position – United face a stiff challenge to persuade De Jong that a move to Old Trafford is in his best interests.

Frenkie de Jong, Barcelona, 2021-22

De Jong's Man Utd concerns

Mundo Deportivo reports that De Jong is simply not sold on the new project at Old Trafford. What cannot help is a lack of early action in the transfer window.

Whereas the club’s main Premier League rivals, with the exception of a Chelsea in major transition, have all strengthened their ranks with impressive additions, United have yet to make a single signing yet this summer.

After finishing sixth last season, there is no guarantee of any improvement this time around – and De Jong is known to want a club playing Champions League football. Ten Hag would have to do a sterling job to bring about that even in 2023/24.

Of course, it should be remembered that this summer could shape De Jong’s entire career. He is coming into what are generally considered to be his peak years, so this is a decision that he must get right.

Manchester United are clearly not in a position to dictate to De Jong that leaving even an embattled Barcelona for Old Trafford is the right thing to do.