Frenkie de Jong: Major issue facing Barcelona as transfer delay is explained and Man Utd react by setting ultimatum

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Frenkie De Jong (FC Barcelona) looks during the La Liga Santander between FC Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou on 24 April 2022 in Barcelona Credit: PA Images
Frenkie De Jong (FC Barcelona) looks during the La Liga Santander between FC Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou on 24 April 2022 in Barcelona Credit: PA Images

Barcelona are facing a major cash crisis if they cannot convince Frenkie de Jong to accept a move to Manchester United in the coming days, claims a report.

The LaLiga giants’ financial issues have been well documented, with their debts ranging from anything between £550m – £800m depending on what you read. And despite a 15% sale of their TV rights freeing up some cash, they still remain in an enormous pickle. Indeed, the situation has now been exasperated by Raphinha’s imminent transfer to the Nou Camp.

The problem for Barcelona is not just the vast debts they have accrued, it also surrounds the huge wages they are committed to paying their players month. As it stands, they are battling to comply with ‘wages fair play’ – and a deal for Raphinha will tip them over that limit.

And despite persuading many of their players to accept reduced wages, their issues very much remain, per Mundo Deportivo.

And as it was with Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen, Barca are currently operating need to operate a ‘one in, one out’ policy. To that end, they will likely need De Jong to move on before officially registering his signing.

The issue for De Jong is that he is still owed a huge chunk of money from Barcelona. To that end, a report earlier this month revealed their desperation to sell. Understandably, he is not willing to waive on that money by signing for United.

As it stands, the delay in accepting a move from the player is the only thing standing between United and signing De Jong.

And despite a report detailing 10 reasons why he is against the move, it is the debt owed by Barcelona seemingly causing the only issue.

Man Utd make fruitless trip to Spain

Indeed, United sent chief executive Richard Arnold and director of football John Murtough to Barcelona on Wednesday. They went with the sole intention of trying to grease the wheels on a transfer.

However, the two men left empty-handed and without having concluded a deal.

On a positive note, United are reportedly in agreement with Barcelona over the fee. They will pay an initial £55m (€65m) for De Jong, before bonuses are included.

However, until De Jong receives his deferred wages, the transfer appears to be at something of an impasse.

Mundo Deportivo claims the departure of the Dutchman will save them some £25m – £30m (€30m – €35m) in wages. As such, Xavi is fully behind the plan to offload the midfielder.

Furthermore, Sport claims they are working to convince De Jong to accept the move. To that end, the midfielder seen as their ‘only expendable player.

Red Devils issue Frenkie de Jong ultimatum

The whole saga is, understandably, causing a great deal of frustration for Manchester United. Erik ten Hag has made the player his No 1 transfer priority. As such, the delay in getting a deal over the line is impacting all their other plans in the market.

His signing will take up a large chunk of their budget, though is a sacrifice they are willing to make. However, if he isn’t to sign, it’ll mean United can instead aggressively pursue other targets, such as Antony.

Now, Mundo Deportivo claims the saga has seen United officials issue an ultimatum over the transfer. And unless Barcelona can convince De Jong to move before the end of this week, United will reportedly withdraw their offer.

Quite how Barca do that remains to be seen. However, the obvious way is to agree some sort of pay-off for De Jong.

To that end, president Joan Laporta and sporting director Mateu Alemany are now in talks with De Jong to convince him to leave for United.

As such, Sport admits it may ‘even be necessary to give him a financial boost’ to secure that agreement.

Meanwhile, the role Edwin van der Sar has played in United’s pursuit of Lisandro Martinez has also come to light.

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