Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their long-running pursuit of Frenkie de Jong after Barcelona president Joan Laporta insisted the midfielder was not for sale.

The Dutch international is United’s top target in the summer transfer window, and negotiations have been ongoing between the clubs for weeks.

Recent reports have indicated that a deal worth £56.2m plus add-ons has been completed (opens in a new tab)personal conditions still to be worked out.

Erik ten Hag

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However, Laporta threw a spanner in the works when asked about the move.

“There are a lot of clubs who want him, not just Man United. We have no intention of selling him, he wants to stay,” Laporta said, as reported by Fabrizio Romano. (opens in a new tab)

He added: “I will do everything to keep Frenkie, but there is also a salary problem and it would be necessary to adjust”.

Frenkie de Jong in action for Barcelona.

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United are yet to complete a signing this summer and Chelsea are considering joining the race for De Jong as protracted talks drag on.

Things took a turn for the worse for the Old Trafford club when news broke on Saturday that Cristiano Ronaldo had asked to be allowed to leave (opens in a new tab) if a suitable offer comes from a team participating in the Champions League.

A deal appears to be almost complete, however, as left-back Tyrell Malacia is set to undergo a medical soon. (opens in a new tab) and complete his move from Feyenoord.

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