'Moody' Frenkie de Jong may cause Man United unrest after latest update - pundit
Man United are trying to “force” Frenkie de Jong to sign and he will be “moody” if he completes a move to Old Trafford.
That is the view of ex-Aston Villa and England attacker Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about De Jong’s potential move from Barcelona.
The Athletic reported on Saturday (18 June) that the two clubs are between £8.6million to £12.9million (€10million to €15million) apart in their valuations of the 25-year-old.
As quoted by ESPN last month (31 May) the Netherlands international admitted he would prefer to stay at Barca.
“Forget about Ten Hag, it seems like Man United are having to force De Jong to come,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“That’s how the mighty have fallen, that’s how far Manchester United have fallen. They’re basically begging a player to come to them.
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“When I played in the Premier League you were running to sign for Manchester United. Now they’re not in the Champions League, they’re a bit in turmoil. Why would you want to leave Barcelona to go to Manchester United?
“De Jong probably thinks to himself ‘I’m good enough to play for Manchester City, Chelsea or Liverpool, why would I want to go to Man United?’ That’s why you can tell he doesn’t want to go.
“He could turn up at Manchester United and sign and be a totally different player, moody and doesn’t want to be there.
“For me, he’s downwards for his career to move to Man United, to be honest. From Barcelona who are in the Champions League to Manchester United, who are in the Europa League and in a shambles.
“You can tell he doesn’t want to go there, players don’t want to go to Manchester United.
“There’s no point in getting De Jong when you’ve sort of had to beg him to come. That isn’t Manchester United. Bring in players who want to be there.
“Even with the manager Ten Hag. They both know each other, him and De Jong, and that’s not enough for him to say ‘Yes, I want to come’.”