Frenkie de Jong’s father responds to son’s links with Manchester United

Frenkie de Jong’s father responds to son’s links with Manchester United

Barcelona may choose to cash in on Frenkie de Jong
Frenkie de Jong’s father has confirmed that ‘five top European clubs’ have shown an interest in his son, although he says that the bad weather in Munich and Manchester could put him off joining Bayern or United.

De Jong signed for Barca from Ajax for €75 (£65m) in 2019, but it has been a difficult time for the club since then and he has picked up just one Copa del Rey title in his two full seasons since his arrival.

His performances have also not really lit up the Nou Camp and has not really lived up to his giant price tag.

With Barcelona’s financial struggles ongoing, they will look to trim their wage bill and bring in some funds in each of the next two transfer windows and De Jong could be available for transfer as one of their most valuable assets.

United have identified De Jong as a possible replacement for Paul Pogba, who is out of contract in the summer, and could move for him if the Frenchman departs.

De Jong’s dad is well aware of the interest, as he is from ‘the five top’ clubs in Europe, which he did not identify, so that could well be debated as to which they are.

However, while a move at some point seems likely, he does not reckon it will be soon.

Speaking to Dutch publication Algemeen Dagblad (AD), John de Jong responded to his son’s links to Bayern Munich and Manchester United: ‘It’s often bad weather there. Of course it’s about football, but it does matter.

‘Of course I know that Barcelona needs money and a great offer for Frenkie could help, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon. Although, the five top European clubs have all called.’

New Barca boss Xavi has insisted De Jong is not for sale, saying: ‘Our goal is for Frenkie to be happy here.

‘We desperately need that type of player. He is definitely not in the shop window, rather the opposite. The idea is to make him stronger here