Man Utd deal transfer blow to Frenkie de Jong as Barcelona boss Laporta says ‘I never wanted to sell him’

MANCHESTER UNITED have been dealt another blow in their pursuit of Frenkie de Jong, with Barcelona president Joan Laporta insisting he does not want to sell the midfielder.

The Red Devils were heavily linked throughout the summer transfer window with a swoop for De Jong but a move never materialised.

De Jong has been linked with a move to Man Utd

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De Jong has been linked with a move to Man UtdPhoto credit: Reuters
Laporta has insisted he has no intention of selling the Dutchman

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Laporta has insisted he has no intention of selling the DutchmanCredit: AP

Manager Erik ten Hag was keen to get back together with the former Ajax star and even prepared an offer of at least £70m to sign him from Barcelona.

However, Barca boss Laporta has now revealed that he never wanted to sell De Jong.

In an interview with Barca TV, he said: “I never wanted to sell Frenkie de Jong. He has to be a pillar of the team.”

Earlier this year, De Jong confirmed his desire to stay in Spain.

He told The Guardian: “I’m very happy to be at Barcelona: from a young age I wanted to be here, so in that way it’s a dream come true.

“But I would have liked to have won more trophies than in my first two years. I expected more in that sense, let’s put it that way.

“But otherwise I am very happy here and hope [will be here] for many more years.”

However, he recently told Ten Hag he would be ‘happy’ to join Man Utd.

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After missing out on De Jong’s signing during the summer transfer window, the Red Devils added Casemiro and Christian Eriksen to their midfield ranks.

Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez and Antony also made the move to Old Trafford but Ten Hag are looking to make a few more signings in January.

United are reportedly interested in signing world champion Enzo Fernandez from Benfica but they have to spend over £105m on his services.

Another name on the transfer radar is PSV winger Cody Gakpo, whose price tag is around £50million.

PSV manager and former Man Utd striker Ruud van Nistelrooy is determined to keep the Dutchman at Eindhoven until the summer but recently admitted it will be difficult.

He said: “Given the choice, I prefer summer, but it may be now too, you know there comes a time when you can’t say no.

“It’s wonderful how he presented himself.

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“I enjoyed watching him (at the World Cup), he deserved it because he behaved the way he kept working and performing.

“I was able to help him up close and that makes me proud. I will show him his way when the time comes.”

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