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Man Utd convinced Frenkie de Jong WILL join in £71m transfer despite claims he wants to stay at Barcelona

MANCHESTER UNITED ARE convinced Frenkie de Jong is committed to a move to Old Trafford.

This is despite reports in Spain that he is desperate to stay at Barcelona and transfer issues still unresolved.

Man United remain determined to sign Frenkie de Jong

United insist they would not be chasing the player if there was any doubt over his commitment to make the move.

The problem remains an issue of back dated unpaid wages.

A deal for the midfielder with Barcelona has now been agreed worth £63.5million plus another £7.2million performance related add ons.

But the Dutchman wants £24million from Barca having taken a reduction in wages during the pandemic on the understanding that the short fall would be paid later.

Barca want United to pay it and Old Trafford chiefs are refusing.

Despite the issue dragging on, United are not going to walk away and are committed to getting the deal over the line.

This week both Chief Executive Richard Arnold and Director of Football John Murtough were in Barcelona to try and resolve the issue.

United are close to completing the £42million switch of centre-back Lisandro Martinez from new Red Devils boss Erik Ten Hag’s former club Ajax.

It is unlikely, however, that there is time for it all to be done and him join his new team-mates on their current tour in Australia.

Christian Eriksen is also set to sign but likewise will probably not join up with the club until they return to the UK.

Cristiano Ronaldo continues to train on his own in Lisbon having turned down a massive two-year contract worth £233.3million to play for an unnamed Saudi club.

The deal worked out at £2.24million a week.

But Ronaldo still wants a move to a European club with the prospects of challenging for the Champions League.

No such club has made a firm offer for him yet, however, and United are holding out hope that he may change his mind and decide to stay at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils still hold hope they can keep Cristiano Ronaldo