Manchester United have agreed a £63.5m deal for Frenkie de Jong with Barcelona but there are still no guarantees the move will go through.
They now know what to pay for manager Erik ten Hag’s number one target, with a higher upfront payment and an additional £8.5million in supplements.
However, the 25-year-old is in a contract dispute with Barcelona.
The contractual disagreement revolves around deferred payments that were included in the playmaker’s new four-year deal, which only came into effect on July 1.
There have been widespread reports in Spain that Barcelona have told de Jong he has to leave due to financial reasons.
However, De Jong knows Barcelona will have to honor his contract if he decides to stay at the Nou-Camp and it is understood he would be reluctant to leave without an agreement on his exit terms that would take into account the deferred payments.
United have alternatives should De Jong not join but are willing to give the situation more time to resolve before embarking on an alternative course.
Meanwhile, the club is also not yet sure if Cristiano Ronaldo will return to pre-season training.
confirmation of this Chelsea are no longer interested in signing The 37-year-old has reduced his options away from Old Trafford.
BBC Sport understand reports of a huge offer for Ronaldo from Saudi Arabia have substance, but it’s believed the player wants to continue playing at the highest possible level.