United have told Barcelona they won't blow their budget on a £70million summer deal for De Jong.
A compromise remains some way off. United made it clear to Barca and De Jong's representatives that they cannot commit such a slice of their transfer funds to the Holland star.
Ten Hag will have to work on a limited budget when he officially starts work next week as United missed out on the Champions League.
He faces a major rebuilding job, with up to 10 players set to leave, but the club is determined to be disciplined in the transfer market, says the Daily Mail.
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