The possible transfer of Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona to Manchester United has become a poker game between two entities in a hurry in which the team that lasts the most will take the cat to the water.
The axes of the game between both teams are two: economic and temporary. Whoever can withstand the pressure the longest will win financially. Manchester United has starred, if possible, in an even more terrible season than Barcelona’s and its partners demand news from the team’s directors. They want signings and end a regrettable era in recent times at Old Trafford that has also been aggravated by the dominance of eternal rivals Manchester City. Also, unlike what happens at Barcelona, the problems at Manchester United are only sporting. Economically, the English team still has enough muscle to satisfy its fans. If we add to that the fact that the man they have chosen to lead the recovery as coach is the Dutchman Eric Ten Haag and that he has Frenkie de Jong as one of his priorities, it seems that the scenario of the game favors the Blaugrana interests.
However, United’s offer to Barça for the player is scarce in the eyes of the Catalan leaders. United offered 60 million hoping that the delicate economic situation culé would force a quick negotiation. That Barça accepted the first offer to clean up their accounts.
But the English for once have found a patient Barça. The fact that the Barça assembly approved the sale of the club’s financial assets, which must be completed in the coming weeks, means that the Catalan club continues to reject offers that do not reach 80 million euros.
In fact, the sale of De Jong is not fundamental and if he stays, he will be an important player for the coach and for the club. From the premise of not underselling the footballer and waiting, it seems that Barça has the aces in their hand.