Manchester United continue to wait patiently on the Frenkie de Jong transfer – but it seems their hopes of sealing his signing are growing amid startling claims made in the Spanish media over Barcelona’s wish to sell.
The Dutch midfielder is firmly placed at the very top of United’s summer wishlist. New manager Erik ten Hag is desperate for a reunion with his former Ajax protégé to kickstart a bright new era at Old Trafford. However, sealing his signature has been anything but easy.
Indeed, United had to take a very patient approach with his signing one of the most complex in recent memory. Barcelona have strongly stuck by their asking price, believed to be set at around £55.9m (€65m). Indeed, efforts by the Red Devils’ efforts to offer a small downpayment have failed to convince Barcelona to sell.
And ultimately, it appears United are willing to back down and pay Barcelona the price they are seeking.
That, though, has only been half the battle with the player seemingly digging in his heels over a move. To that end, last week’s reports suggested De Jong had told Barca he had no plans to leave and would reject any efforts to move him on.
That seemingly led to a response from Barcelona, telling him he could only stay on a reduced contract.
Now, reports in the Spanish media have detailed the level of Barcelona’s desire to move the player on. Owing to some incredible bonuses and loyalty payments in his deal, cash-strapped Barcelona seemingly want him gone to avoid such payments.
Nor for Marca, they claim De Jong is being driven out of Barcelona due to ‘economic issues’. For one part, there is the significant transfer fee they can claim for the player from Manchester United.
Huge payments owed to players
Secondly, and perhaps critically, the report has details of the incredible payments owed to De Jong were he to stay. Indeed, were De Jong to stay for the remainder of his four-year deal, he will be owed wages and bonuses totaling £76m (€88.6m).
A further £6.9m (€8m) is also to be added were he to play in 60 per cent of games.
Furthermore, that would grow to £10.3m (€12m) were they to reach a Champions League final in that period.
This, say Marca, has all been assessed by Barcelona, with president Joan Laporta desperate to see De Jong’s sale go through. Furthermore, they state De Jong’s wages – estimated at £165,000 per week – is beyond the salary scale they want in place.
And while Marca claim publicly Laporta is saying his side wants to keep De Jong, privately they are willing his move to go through.
Man Utd soon hope for good news on Frenkie de Jong
That increases hopes that United will soon get a move for De Jong pushed through. Reports indicate the Red Devils are willing to pay the midfielder wages worth around £200,000 a week. That would negate any bonus payments he would waive by leaving Barcelona.
The LaLiga giants are also well stocked for midfielders, with Franck Kessie signing on a free transfer. He joins teenagers Pedri and Gavi, as well as the experienced Sergio Busquests, as central midfield options.
As such, even if De Jong were to stay, his game-time appears limited.
Nor a result, Monday Euro Paper Talk suggests that Barcelona’s big squeeze could see his sale go through by Friday.
That will come as a relief for Ten Hag, who is yet to make a signing since taking charge.
United may also be likely to lose Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, amid claims he wants to leave. Now reports claim United are on the trail of Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yedder as a replacement.
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