Despite a flurry of reports linking Manchester City to sign Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong in the summer, recent speculation has suggested that the Dutchman may be heading to cross-town rivals Manchester United next season.
With the Spanish juggernaut’s financial struggles widely claimed to be a reason why they consider the gifted midfielder as a sellable asset, it has also been mentioned that the opportunity to be reunited with former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag could ultimately prove to be a major factor behind his switch to Old Trafford coming to fruition.
However, there could be a twist in the tale, as the 25-year old could still be heading to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City ahead of the new season.
This is according to a new report from The Sun, who report that Frenkie de Jong could be ‘willing’ to forego £6 million in ‘unpaid wages’ at Barcelona in order to seal a move to Manchester City in the coming summer.
Further details suggest that Pep Guardiola remains a ‘big fan’ of the Dutch international, despite Manchester City missing out on his signature before he moved to Barcelona in 2019.
Additionally, it is stated that de Jong’s ‘stance’ on the money he is owed by the La Liga giants could prove ‘decisive’, as the former Ajax man could ‘waive’ off the significant sum in order to make a switch to the Etihad Stadium possible.
This would also alleviate pressure off the Premier League heavyweights to replicate the £65 million fee that made his transfer to Spain happen, with the player considered as a ‘highly-rated’ but ‘expensive’ option within the Etihad Stadium, as per the ever-reliable Fabrizio Romano.
With Fernandinho planning to return to his homeland after departing Manchester City next summer, and Ilkay Gundogan’s current deal set to expire in the summer of 2023, the Premier League champions are expected to keep a close eye on Frenkie de Jong’s exit strategy from Barcelona.