Barcelona fear Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong will leave for free
According to Relevo’s Toni Juanmarti (h/t Manchester Evening News), Barcelona fear that Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong will leave on a free transfer when his contract expires in 2026.
One of the most talented midfielders going around, Manchester United have been interested in the Dutchman for quite some time now. They tried to sign him throughout the summer but could not convince the Spanish club.
On his day, Frenkie can be absolutely unstoppable. He has a very high ceiling in the game and there is a reason why Man United were so keen on signing him. However, the Dutchman seems very happy to be in Barcelona.
Frenkie has been having an excellent season at Barcelona. Initially not a starter, the Dutchman won over Xavi Hernandez with his performances and soon proved himself to be undroppable for the Spanish tactician.
The 25-year-old was one of the standout midfielders at the World Cup. Frenkie was easily the Netherlands’ best player in the showpiece event in Qatar and his performances actually went kind of under the radar.
The former Ajax man has a contract with Barcelona until 2026 and it is now being claimed that the Spanish club are fearing that Frenkie would run his contract down and leave on a free transfer in four years.
Apparently, Frenkie de Jong is still angry about the way the Spanish giants handled his transfer saga in the summer and this could be his way of giving it back. However, 2026 is so far away to worry about right now.
It remains to be seen if Manchester United are still interested in the player in 2026. Frenkie is likely to be in the prime of his career then and getting a player of his quality on a free transfer would be absolutely ridiculous.
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However, in such a case, the Red Devils will not be alone. Many other clubs would be in the race for Frenkie but we can worry about it when and if we get there.