Barcelona’s makes an attempt to not burn their bridges with Frenkie de Jong whereas negotiating with Manchester United to promote the Netherlands midfielder proceed in earnest. Regardless of strikes to push De Jong out of the membership, Barcelona have posted a reasonably awkward message on their official Twitter account within the wake of the participant’s return to coaching that learn: “FDJ first day again and dealing laborious” adopted by two flexed bicep emojis. 

Given the selection, De Jong would favor to remain on the Nou Camp reasonably than go away however Barcelona are able to money in on the participant to boost funds and unencumber house on the wage invoice. Barcelona president Joan Laporta’s insistence that they haven’t any intention of promoting De Jong got here regardless of three membership executives assembly with United’s soccer director John Murtough and chief govt Richard Arnold in a bid to get a deal over the road. 

In addition to Barcelona’s sporting director Mateu Alemany and managing director Rafa Yuste, the previous United winger, Jordi Cruyff, a sporting advisor on the Nou Camp, was additionally current on the assembly. United and Barcelona have a broad settlement on value, with an preliminary charge of €65 million and an additional €20m in add ons, however the deal has been held up by the £17m De Jong is owed in deferred wages owing to the short-term wage lower he accepted through the coronavirus pandemic. United stay hopeful of a breakthrough and touchdown supervisor Erik ten Hag’s precedence summer season goal.

It’s uncertain there was a leaner, meaner trying participant in United’s squad than Marcus Rashford within the lead as much as Tuesday’s recreation towards Liverpool. Rashford lower an imposing determine in coaching, all that health work at Nike’s headquarters in Portland, Oregon throughout a working vacation within the US final month having clearly paid dividends. 

United’s gamers did a two-hour session within the morning earlier than being put via one other intense hour in entrance of 10,000 followers on the Rajamangala Stadium later within the day and the spotlight was in all probability the sight of Rashford dashing in between two defenders and rising excessive to energy dwelling an outstanding header from Jadon Sancho’s cross. 

Rashford checked out dwelling on the left flank however, with Ronaldo absent, Mason Greenwood nonetheless unavailable and uncertainty over the way forward for Anthony Martial, it stays to be seen if Ten Hag must give consideration to taking part in the England striker at centre-forward within the early weeks of the brand new marketing campaign. 

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