Manchester United have reached a full agreement with Barcelona for midfielder Frenkie de Jong, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Red Devils made left-back Tyrell Malacia the first signing of the Erik ten Hag era earlier this month, and United chief Richard Arnold appears to be making progress on further likely arrivals.
Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez appears to be on the verge of a move to Old Trafford, with a deal thought to be ‘imminent’, while free agent Christian Eriksen also looks set to pen terms with the Premier League giants.
De Jong, who has been labelled as a ‘genius’ by his manager Xavi Hernandez, could also now be on the way to England for a reunion with Ten Hag following a breakthrough in talks with Barcelona
Romano took to Twitter on Thursday morning to provide a significant update on De Jong’s future.
He revealed that, ‘after further talks’, a ‘full agreement’ has been reached between the two clubs worth a total €85m (£71.9m), with a guaranteed fee around €75m (£63.5m).
However, the transfer expert did add that personal terms are ‘still the issue’ which needs to be resolved for a transfer to go through
De Jong has been the man on United’s radar ever since Ten Hag was announced as manager at the end of April.
Therefore, agreeing on a fee is a big step in the Red Devils’ pursuit to bring the Dutchman to Manchester, and hopefully personal terms can be finalised soon
The 25-year-old is still owed £17m in deferred salary payments by Barcelona, so that could be an issue which means that the saga could still drag on over the coming days and possibly weeks despite a fee being agreed.