De Jong ‘tells teammates’ he still doesn’t want to leave Barca in ‘new twist’ we already knew

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Frenkie de Jong during a match Credit: PA Images
Frenkie de Jong during a match Credit: PA Images

Frenkie de Jong is still against a move to Manchester United, and according to reports in Spain, he has told his Barcelona teammates that he is definitely staying put.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ll know that Manchester United have made De Jong their top target this summer.

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Barcelona’s financial situation has been highly documented and the Dutch midfielder has been identified as someone who can help balance the books.

His hefty wages, on top of his high sell-on value, have made him a desirable player to offload.

And United are more than happy to meet the Blauragana’s valuation, and after weeks of negotiations between the two clubs, eventually had a £63million bid accepted.

The huge stumbling block holding the Red Devils is the fact that De Jong has no intention of relocating to Manchester.

That is, as we are sure you are aware, quite an issue.

United will likely meet his wage demands, but money could still be the main reason that the former Ajax man decides to stay at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona reportedly owe De Jong £14m to £17m in deferred wages after he took a temporary pay cut amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.

Unsurprisingly, the 25-year-old will not leave until he is given the money is rightly due.

De Jong will likely be very stubborn and quite rightly so given the fact he has sat back and watched the La Liga club spend nearly £100m on Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski while he is owed a crazy amount of money.

Barcelona have reportedly given the player two options: leave, or take a salary reduction.

Apparently honouring the contract they gave him and paying him back those deferred wages is not an option. Maybe Frenkie should take Gary Neville’s advice.

In another blow to United, Spanish outlet Cadena Ser (via the Express) report that De Jong has told his Barca teammates that he has zero intention to move this summer.

The Express describe this as a ‘new twist’ in a saga that has suffered from around one million twists already.

In order to balance the books, Barca have identified goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen as an alternative player who can leave, the report adds.

The Catalan club have been able to raise funds by pulling two financial levers. Without doing so, they would not have been able to sign Lewandowski or Raphinha.

They are also close to confirming the signing of Jules Kounde, who they have stolen from under Chelsea’s noses, becoming the second player – after Raphinha – to snub Stamford Bridge in favour of the Nou Camp.

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