Manchester United set to make second bid for Frenkie de Jong as Barcelona claim they want £86m | Soccer

Frenkie De Jong of FC Barcelona looks on during a training session at Accor stadium in Sydney on May 24, 2022 ahead of a friendly soccer match between FC Barcelona and A-League All Stars. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP) / - RESTRICTED IMAGE TO EDITORIAL USE - NO COMMERCIAL USE ONLY - (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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Manchester United are set to make a second official bid for Frenkie de Jong after Barcelona dismissed claims they are seeking £86million for the Netherlands international.

The La Liga giants rejected United’s opening bid for the Dutchman, which was worth around £51million with add-ons.

Although Barcelona are happy to sell De Jong, they want to get back the £65m they paid for him three years ago and the club have denied claims in Spain that they are on hold for £86m.

United want a deal that reflects Barcelona’s desire to sell De Jong and are therefore sticking with a deal closer to their original offer.

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 11: Frenkie de Jong of Netherlands looks on during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 4 match between Netherlands and Poland at Stadion Feijenoord on June 11, 2022 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Perry vd Leuvert/NESImages/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Barcelona want at least £65m for De Jong (Photo by Perry vd Leuvert/NESImages/DeFodi Images via Getty Images) Photographer: DeFodi Images Provider: DeFodi Images via Getty Images Source: DeFodi Images

But the Manchester Evening News claim a new, improved offer is “imminent” and that United will submit it in the coming days.

It remains to be seen whether Barcelona will accept the offer but the club will need to sell before they can sanction newcomers like Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

United are yet to make a signing this summer as the club are fully focused on negotiations for De Jong.

When the Dutchman comes through the door, United will turn their attention to securing the signatures of Christian Eriksen and Ajax winger Antony.

MORE : Manchester United’s signings are imminent with Erik ten Hag interested in three transfers

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