UPDATE: Manchester United First Bid For De Jong Rejected As Barcelona Increase Asking Price

 Barcelona has rejected Manchester United's initial approach of €60 million (£51.3 million) with a potential €10 million in add-ons for Frenkie de Jong.

The teams are still in contact, with United boss Erik ten Hag making the Netherlands midfielder a top priority in his first summer in charge. At Ajax, the two collaborated for a year and a half.

De Jong is valued at around €85 million by Barcelona, who may be willing to sell due to their financial difficulties. A pact would make it easier for them to sign players like Bernardo Silva of Manchester City and Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich.

De Jong is not looking to leave Barcelona – he told the Guardian in February that he planned to stay "for many more years" – and if he did, he would like to join a Champions League club.

United have qualified for the Europa League for next season, but they are hoping that the presence of Ten Hag and their planned redevelopment would persuade the 25-year-old to join.

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