Frenkie de Jong has been Erik Ten Hag and Manchester United’s number one transfer target in the summer transfer window.
Manchester United had been chasing the 25-year-old Dutch international for the past three months but the player is reluctant to join the Red Devils despite a strong relationship with Erik Ten Hag.
There were rumors that Chelsea had agreed to a £68 million transfer fee with Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong with cash trap Barcelona needing money to register all his 5 summer signings together with Sergio Roberto and Ousmane Dembele who renewed their contracts.
However, Rio Ferdinand believes Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, or Sir Alex Ferguson would had stop their pursuit of the Dutch international after three months of wanting him.
What did Rio Ferdinand say?
Speaking on his Youtube Channel Vibe with Five after Manchester United‘s defeat to Brentford, He said: “We’re not in the market for the top players. We’re going out and we’re waiting for three-and-a-half months to sign Frenkie de Jong.
“With all due respect, he’s a great player, but we’re almost whoring ourselves out for this player for three months of the transfer window with our cap in hand begging, “Please come to us”
“I think Ten Hag is sitting there thinking, “This has been a complete shambles for me because I came in expecting to really revamp this first team with about five or six players that I believe could change our fortunes or give us a better opportunity of being a better team,” the Ace defender said.
“And he’s struggling to get over the line and his main target [De Jong], they’ve not got anywhere near it. They’ve walked around behind him begging him, “Please turn round and notice us” and he’s looking around and saying, “Not for me”.
‘And we’re still there, “Please give us one chance”. How are we putting ourselves in that position? How are we allowing ourselves to be put in a position like that?
“Do you think Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola or Six Alex Ferguson or Jose Mourinho would be following around a player like this? They wouldn’t be doing that.
“You don’t want to come to us? Right, go away, go about your business, good luck to you, and move on to the next target. It frustrates the life out of me.”
Digging into Manchester United’s transfer policy in the last couple of years after the Red Devils had spent over £ 1 billion in transfers.
“It shows you how shocking recruitment has been at this football club. The recruitment since Sir Alex Ferguson’s time at the club has been an absolute joke.
“How many players have come in? 45? 50? Whatever it is, have any of them players grown in value? I would say no. Normally you would fall on two or three accidental diamonds that fall out of that number of transfers we’ve done. We’ve not even had that.
“How can it possibly go so wrong? And a lot of money has been spent on players, obviously not the right ones, and it comes down to the people picking those players and then once the players are in the building, not improving as players. It’s been an absolute shambles.”