Frenkie De Jong Insists A Transfer To Manchester United Was Never An Option

Frenkie De Jong has reiterated that he never wanted to leave Barcelona during the just-ended summer transfer window despite the club’s desire to sell him and with strong interest coming from Premier League clubs, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Barcelona’s weak financial position meant the club had to offload players in the summer if they wanted to bring in new faces. Dutch international midfielder Frenkie De Jong was considered a disposable asset by the club despite club manager Xavi Hernandez describing the player as ‘important’.

Manchester United and Barcelona even agreed to transfer the player in a deal worth €85m. Still, the deal broke apart as the English club failed to reach an agreement with Frenkie De Jong, who Barcelona owed deferred wages at the time. Manchester United officials were still optimistic they would land their target, but the summer transfer window slammed shut.

Chelsea also expressed interest in the Dutch international midfielder, but at no point did the former Ajax midfielder wants to leave the Catalan club.

Frenkie De Jong has spoken on the transfer speculations surrounding him in the summer.

“I knew what I wanted, staying at Barcelona,” he told NOS. “I can’t quite go into details. The club sometimes have its own ideas about things, and so do I. Sometimes that collides, but overall it went fine. I always had it clear what I wanted. There was a lot of noise, and a lot happened. It has, of course, been different from other transfer windows.

“Manchester United and Chelsea? In May, I had already decided that I would continue at Barça. I never changed my mind.”

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