Man United have received a boost on their pursuit of Frenkie De Jong after a clash and strained relationship between the player and his coach Xavi surfaces, MySportDab reports.
United have been on the trail Of Frenkie De Jong since the new Manager assumed the position as the new coach of the Old Trafford side.
Erik Ten Hag has identified the former Ajax star as key in his planned overhaul of Manchester United.
De Jong played under Erik Ten Hag in his days as an Ajax player and was sold to Barcelona by Erik Ten Hag.
The Red Devils have submitted a series of bids to the Dutch international.
Barcelona has rejected the bids as they claimed it does not match their valuation of the player.
Another twist to the Man United and Barcelona De Jong deadlock has been the debt owed to the player by Barcelona.
The Catalans are reportedly owing De Jong debt amounting to £24m and are expecting United to pay for the debt as part of the deal.
United has rejected such a move but has made a last-minute ditch to sign the player with United directors currently in Spain.
According to the Mirror, Barcelona maintains a secret stand on De Jong.
They are ready to sell the player, although they have been coming out publicly to declare that they don’t want to sell the player, The Mirror reports.
Another dramatic twist to the De Jong saga has been a soiled and strained relationship with his Boss, Xavi Hernandez, The Mirror reports.
Although De Jong has returned to Barcelona pre-season training, his relationship with Xavi and Barca officials has been strained.
De Jong and his agent are reportedly furious and ready to decide on their Barcelona future.
MySportDab understands that the strained relationship is due to a breach of trust between De Jong and Xavi.
De Jong believes that Xavi and Barcelona officials do not believe in him strongly.
The mistrust has been traced to Xavi’s comment when Barca conceded a late-equalizer against Osasuna in the La Liga.
Xavi is said to have asserted that Barcelona lacks a piloting midfielder who can control the game in the midfield.
it is believed the face-off between De Jong and Barca officials will play to the advantage of Manchester United.