The daddy of Frenkie De Jong has confirmed 5 of the “high European golf equipment” have enquired about signing the Barcelona playmaker, however forged doubt over solutions he may be part of Manchester United.
The 24-year-old arrived in a £65million deal from Ajax in July 2019 after impressing for the Eredivisie giants of their run to the Champions League semi-finals.
However De Jong has largely struggled to dwell as much as the lofty expectations positioned upon him at Camp Nou and has been linked with a transfer away from the membership in January.
Manchester United have emerged as potential suitors for the Netherlands worldwide after it emerged new interim boss Ralf Rangnick is eager so as to add a midfielder to his squad in January.
The German tactician is considered focusing on Jude Bellingham and Amadou Haidara, however the probability to signal De Jong would certainly show tempting for the Crimson Devils boss if the chance arose.
Nevertheless, De Jong’s father, John, performed down hypothesis linking his son with a transfer to Man United and Bayern Munich — indicating the poor climate circumstances would put him off leaving Spain.
“It’s usually dangerous climate there. After all it’s about soccer, however it does matter,” De Jong Snr mentioned to Dutch publication Algemeen Dagblad (AD).
“After all I do know that Barcelona wants cash and an excellent supply for Frenkie may assist, however I don’t see it occurring anytime quickly.
“Though, the 5 high European golf equipment have all known as.”
Whereas De Jong Snr has seemingly disregarded rumours relating to his exit within the close to future, the membership’s precarious monetary scenario could power Barca to money in.
The Spanish giants have been unable to dwell as much as their promise handy Lionel Messi a brand new bumper contract because of strict wage budgets imposed by LaLiga.
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The Argentinian departed on a free switch to hitch PSG, whereas Antoine Griezmann returned on mortgage to Atletico Madrid, leaving the Blaugrana with a depleted squad.
Ronald Koeman was sacked in October after 14 months in cost and the Dutchman was considered an advocate for beginning De Jong.
However the emergence of midfield starlets Pedri and Gavi have put De Jong’s place within the aspect underneath query.
Barcelona are struggling for kind this season with out Messi’s targets and discover themselves down in eighth place after a 2-2 draw with Osasuna on Sunday.
Head coach Xavi Hernandez has insisted he needs to maintain De Jong in his squad and shut down any suggestion he may very well be offered.
“Our purpose is for Frenkie to be joyful right here,” he advised reporters.
“We desperately want that sort of participant. He’s undoubtedly not within the store window, somewhat the other. The thought is to make him stronger right here.”
However with Barca going through a real battle to qualify for the Champions League subsequent season, a failure to complete within the high 4 would certainly end in some high-profile exits in the summertime.
And the Spaniard admitted he’s “anxious” in regards to the membership’s decline since his days as a participant after latest defeats to Actual Betis and Bayern Munich.
“I’m anxious, in fact, but in addition centered on the job,” Xavi mentioned in a press convention on Saturday.
“Now we have to try to raise the group emotionally as a result of they’re disheartened.”