Fans think Frenkie De Jong is the character Man Utd need after Mercedes story emerges online
A story involving Frankie de Jong and a free Mercedes car should give Manchester United fans a glimpse of the midfielder’s ‘humble’ nature ahead of a possible move.
The 25-year-old Dutch international is heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer.
After expressing interest in signing the former Ajax midfielder, United submitted an opening offer of £51.3m plus bonuses to Barcelona for the player’s services.
This offer was quickly rejected by the Spanish side. In fact, United retaliated with a second offer of £56m on Thursday, but again that offer was rejected, claim Mark.
Erik ten Hag, who spent three years coaching De Jong during his time at Ajax, is clearly a big fan of the midfielder.
In April, it was reported that De Jong would be one of Ten Hag’s ‘priority targets’ when he takes over and at one point called him ‘every day’ to discuss a possible move. .
Ten Hag clearly wants a character like De Jong to give the Old Trafford dressing room a boost ahead of the new campaign.
And a story told by the player’s father, John, should give fans some insight into his personality.
“That mindset is probably why he joined Ajax,” his father John said in a 2019 interview with Medium.
“After signing a contract in Amsterdam, he got a Mercedes from the club. But when he showed it, he felt embarrassed. I sometimes call him Scrooge McDuck. He earns a lot, but rarely spends.
“He just signed his contract and asked me: do you want a new car? I didn’t want to, because I drive a Suzuki and it’s great, but he gave me a little envelope for me and his mother.
“It was a wonderful time,” added John. “He lives alone at the moment and bought a house in Amsterdam with his girlfriend. When he has free time, he comes.”
John then told another story about the time De Jong visited his grandparents after winning a trophy.
“When he won a trophy and went to visit grandpa and grandma, he left the trophy in the car,” he said. “He thought it was too ‘showy’. No prima donna attitude, just a helpful human being.”
In April, John de Jong said the weather conditions in Manchester could play a role in the possible upcoming transfer.
“It’s often bad weather there,” he told a Dutch publication. Algemeen Dagblad (AD). “Of course, it’s about football, but it’s important.
“Of course I know Barcelona need the money and a good offer for Frenkie could help, but I don’t think that will happen anytime soon. Although the top five clubs in Europe have all called.”
Every bit on the outside has sold out. Fans singing your name. Old Trafford crowded week after week. Huge games all the time under a boss you can trust. Bus journeys across Manchester capped at just £2 from September. You know that makes sense @DeJongFrenkie21
—Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) June 22, 2022
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