Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is an impossible January target for Manchester United.

Fabrizio Romano has told Give Me Sport that Manchester United will have no chance to sign Frenkie de Jong in the January transfer window. The Barcelona midfielder remains a top target for the Red Devils, who failed to sign him in the summer.

Romano said, “For January, I think it is almost impossible, but for the summer it depends on the player, because Frenkie de Jong has always said no to any move, it’s not just to Manchester United, he decided to stay at Barcelona, he’s happy at Barcelona, if Frenkie changes his mind, then we will see.”

Frenkie de Jong has been with Barcelona for three and a half years. And he has been one of the most reliable performers for the Blaugrana during this period. Yet, he has stared at an uncertain future at Spotify Camp Nou for most of 2022.

Barcelona attempted to cash in on de Jong in the summer transfer window to balance the books. But they managed to work around the situation and complete most of their desired signings. And the Dutchman has since gradually become a regular for Barcelona, turning out 18 times across all competitions thus far this season.

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But that has not done anything to end the speculation surrounding de Jong’s Barcelona future. And recent reports have linked the 25-year-old with various Premier League clubs, with Manchester United again being keen on signing him.

Manchester United had been desperate to sign de Jong from Barcelona in the summer to transform the midfield unit. But the Red Devils had to settle on Casemiro and Christian Eriksen as their midfield reinforcements. While the two players have done well, Manchester United can still add another top-class midfielder. The Barcelona ace thus remains a top target.

But recent reports have suggested that de Jong does not want to leave Barcelona anytime soon. Those claims corroborate what Romano has said in the latest update. So Manchester United will likely have to identify alternatives for de Jong if they wish to sign a midfielder in January.

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