The last temptation to Frenkie

Manchester City, according to information published by the newspaper The Sun on Sunday prepares a tempting offer for Frenkie de Jong of 96 million pounds, about 104 million euros.

According to the news published by the English media, Guardiola’s City would have thought of the Dutch player from Barcelona in order to make up for it the loss of Ilkay Gündogan, who did not accept City’s renewal offer and went to Barcelona with the tasting of freedom.

Guardiola had initially thought of Declan Rice to replace the German, but it seems that the still West Ham player has reached an agreement with Arsenal.

Guardiola has already strengthened his midfield for the next course with the addition of Mateo Kovacic, Croatian international who leaves Chelsea to play in Manchester, but his profile is much more defensive than that of Gündogan.

The Dutch player for Barcelona, ​​as well as the Blaugrana club itself, do not seem to be in the business of negotiating an exit, but the delicate financial situation of the Catalan team may be decisive.

In fact, this summer the same situation is repeated as a year ago. So it was Manchester United who made the offer for De Jong in economic terms very similar to what City is now formulating according to The Sun newspaper.

Back then, the positions were three. The player refused to leave, the club was crazy to sell it and the coach, Xavi Hernández, accepted the sale as a lesser evil if it served to solve the financial problems of the entity and in exchange a replacement of guarantees was signed. At that time, the name in vogue at the Camp Nou was that of the Portuguese midfielder, precisely from City, Bernardo Silva.

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The club put pressure on De Jong to accept United’s offer, with which the transfer agreement was already closed. Even Barcelona came to leak that De Jong’s renewal contract that he signed with the previous president, J.osep Maria Bartomeu, could be sued in court. On a sporting level, De Jong’s role on the tour was as a substitute and when he played, he did so as a centre-back. Even so, De Jong resisted, United ended up spending the money on Casemiro from Real Madrid and the Dutchman ended up being one of Xavi’s best players in winning the league title.

Last Thursday Laporta recalled that De Jong is untouchable “because we already had a great offer for him and we didn’t sell him” and in the Netherlands the player himself once again expressed his desire to stay at Barça.

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