Manchester United and Chelsea target Frenkie de Jong was Barcelona’s best player in the 0-0 Rayo Vallecano draw, says Luis Garcia – as Nou Camp fans signal their hope that he will be given a standing ovation after coming on like a submarine.
- Frenkie de Jong’s long-term Barcelona future is under intensifying scrutiny
- Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in signing the midfielder
- Luis Garcia was impressed by De Jong, despite Barca’s draw to Rayo Vallecano
Luis Garcia claimed Frenkie de Jong was Barcelona’s best player in an otherwise awful 0-0 draw with Rayo Vallecano on Saturday – as Spanish media asked: ‘Where has this player been for the last three years?’
Manchester United made the Dutch midfielder their No.1 target in the summer transfer window, while Chelsea are also interested in a move.
Barcelona want to offload the 25-year-old to balance the books and have enough room in their budget to sign new defender Jules Konde, but De Jong appears to want to stay.
Luis Garcia praised Frenkie de Jong’s substitute display as Barcelona drew against Rayo Vallecano
De Jong came on in the 60th minute and despite Barca drawing, he put in an impressive display
Holland midfielder De Jong is wanted by Premier League duo Manchester United and Chelsea
Substituted in the 60th minute by coach Xavi against Vallecano on Saturday night, Garcia saw a player fighting for the future.
“The best (on the pitch),” Garcia said as part of his ESPN expertise at the Nou Camp.
‘I think he showed today, he wanted to show, “listen, I’m here, I wanted to do something, see what I can bring [to] The table”.
He was definitely one of the best players in the second half.
De Jong received a warm ovation from the Barcelona fans when he came on in the second half – a gesture that Spanish publication Marca said meant the supporters “want to continue to see him as a Barca player.”
And Barcelona-based publication Mundo Deportivo agreed, although writing with a bit more scrutiny in an editorial about De Jong.
“If Frenkie de Jong ends up going to Manchester United or Chelsea in these two remaining weeks of August, one has to wonder why he didn’t compete in his first three seasons with the determination he is showing now,” it said.
“It seems that the feeling of being cornered by the club for financial reasons has freed the best Frenkie de Jong, who only saw the light on a few occasions. It’s all or nothing for him, he no longer has anything to lose.’
However, a move to United will only have become less appealing after Erik ten Hag’s team were crushed 4-0 by Brentford in the Premier League on Saturday.
United legend Rio Ferdinand criticized his old club for “begging” De Jong to join when all signs suggest he does not want to go to Old Trafford without Champions League football.
De Jong appears to want to stay at Barcelona and seems uninterested in joining United
Rio Ferdinand is not impressed with how his old team have tried to sign De Jong this summer
“We are almost in the process of breaking out for this player. For three months in the transfer window, with his hat out begging, “please come to us, please come to us”.
“They’ve been walking around behind him begging him (De Jong), ‘please turn around and notice us, please turn around and notice us.’ And he looks around and says ‘not for me ».
“And we are still there; “please give us a chance.” How do we put ourselves in that position? How do we allow ourselves to be put in such a position?
“Do you think Klopp or Pep or Sir Alex or Jose would follow a player like this? They wouldn’t do that!