Liverpool are plotting to gatecrash Manchester United’s pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, in accordance Spanish outlet Sport. The Pink Devils’ switch saga with the Dutchman prevailed all summer season lengthy as they didn’t entice him to Outdated Trafford. De Jong’s former supervisor Erik ten Hag took over at United this season, and hoped the midfielder will be part of him as nicely. Nonetheless, the 25-year-old held out on his agency choice of constant on the Catalan membership which gave rise to many controversies.
Alternatively, Liverpool in deep troubles after their season commenced as all of their first-team midfielders suffered accidents at completely different timelines. Whereas Thiago, Jordan Henderson and Fabinho picked up knocks and made a return, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are nonetheless out. Their new recruit Arthur Melo too has undergone surgical procedure and received’t be accessible earlier than the flip of the yr. In consequence, the Reds are eyeing some reinforcements in the midst of the park subsequent summer season, with Frenkie de Jong now on their radars.
United nonetheless need De Jong regardless of signing Casemiro as Liverpool too will battle for the midfielder
Manchester United had thought they nearly obtained Frenkie de Jong, after they’d agreed a £70 million package deal [£63m fee plus £7m add-ons] for the midfielder with Barcelona. Nonetheless, the deal by no means went by means of as De Jong refused to place pen to paper. He reportedly made it clear to Barca hierarchy he needed to succeed on the membership beneath Xavi. Whereas the Catalans pushed for his sale so as steadiness their financial document.
United consequently gave up on his pursuit and as an alternative spent £70 million on Actual Madrid’s Casemiro, which drew blended reactions from their followers. In the meantime, Liverpool at the moment are set to strategy De Jong subsequent summer season, as they give the impression of being so as to add a brand new midfielder to their ranks. A few their essential gamers in that place, Thiago and Henderson are previous their 30s and Klopp desires some younger blood.
The Reds really feel the previous Ajax midfielder suits in completely in Klopp’s system on the age of 25, and might be a long run chief of their midfield. Furthermore, given United’s dismal performances and their irregular attendance within the Champions League, Liverpool fancy their probabilities over the Pink Devils who’re nonetheless focused on bringing the Barca man. Alternatively, Xavi repeatedly taking part in him at center-back has reportedly aggravated De Jong and is open to a swap away from Camp Nou subsequent summer season.
Liverpool have 4 of their midfielders, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Arthur Melo [on loan] within the last years of their contracts and in the event that they let go all of them, they are going to want some bulking up in the midst of the park. And whereas De Jong is now being chased by the Merseyside membership, their prime goal stays Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham who might be on the transfer subsequent summer season and demand a price within the extra of £100 milion.
Moreover, De Jong was additionally imagined to decide towards a transfer to United as he desires to proceed to function within the Champions League. Nonetheless, Barca are as soon as once more dealing with the opportunity of dropping to the Europa League in a repeat of occasions from the final season. This might add to the frustration of the midfielder, who reportedly can also be being owed £17 million in wage by the Catalans. He has nevertheless lately spoken up in regards to the rumours of his salary-tiff with Barcelona, denying the allegations that he’s towards taking one other wage-cut. De Jong informed ZiggoSport:
“I don’t suppose I’m Barca’s finest paid participant after Messi. There was a marketing campaign with lot of lies. In every of first 3 years I performed right here, I lower my wage. So finally cash has to return again and naturally it should look larger.”
Solely the following summer season tells now whether or not or not Frenkie de Jong stays at Camp Nou, or is compelled out or he himself bids adieu. Liverpool and United are slated to return calling, and Barca too are able to churn out an enormous price if the Dutch worldwide is to go away.
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Publish date: 2022-10-18 19:56:23
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