Manchester United could walk away from a deal for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong the longer it drags on, according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.
Erik ten Hag’s side have been linked with a move for the Netherlands international throughout the summer, but a move is on hold in part due to an issue between de Jong and Barcelona regarding pay
What’s the latest on de Jong?
According to the Telegraph, the move of the Dutchman to Manchester United is being held up due to outstanding monies owed to de Jong by Barcelona.
The 25-year-old is owed a reported £17m according to the same report, which is an issue that needs to be resolved before any transfer between the two clubs can go ahead.
De Jong’s former Barcelona and Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman has claimed that the midfielder has no intention of leaving the Camp Nou, but United are still confident that they can get a deal over the line.
However, a fee in the region of £56m has said to have been agreed for the 44-time Netherlands international, so ten Hag will feel confident that he can bring in the midfielder ahead of the Premier League kick-off in August.
And Crook believes that while Ten Hag has made him a “priority target”, the club would be willing to walk away if things don’t get resolved soon.