Barcelona make smart move to get £80m from Manchester United

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Manchester United have suffered a huge blow in their first attempt to prise Frenkie de Jong away from Barcelona this summer.

New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has made the Netherlands international his top transfer target this summer, and is keen to rebuild his midfield around De Jong.

United have so far refused to meet Barcelona’s asking price – and their first bid was said to be worth around £51million.

Reports in Spain have suggested Barcelona are looking for a deal worth £80million with the club still under pressure after years of financial mismanagement.

Meanwhile, Manchester United chief executive Richard Arnold, has been filmed discussing with fans over a deal to sign Barca star Frenkie de Jong.

Arnold met a group of United protesters at his local pub in Chesire after they attempted to protest against the club outside his home.

The Manchester United chief spoke openly across several topics with fans, and the Barcelona star came into the picture.

Arnold said United are doing “everything possible” to sign De Jong, claiming that “money is not a consideration”, which will definitely be what Barcelona want to hear.

De Jong, who joined the club for £75million in 2019, has been identified as the prized asset Xavi is most willing to part with.

Manchester United will definitely up their offer, and Barcelona will only sell at the right price.