Despite Manchester United’s interest, Frenkie de Jong “wants to stay” at Barcelona, according to club president Joan Laporta.
The Premier League team and the 25-year-old Dutch midfielder last month reached a £63.5 million contract, although the transfer has not yet been completed.
Barcelona defeated Pumas UNAM 6-0 in a friendly match on Sunday after De Jong entered the game at halftime. He is a very good player for Barcelona, and we want him to stay, according to Laporta. Although he has offers, we want him to stay, and he agrees.
However, De Jong is also a top target for new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag, whose team fell 2-1 to Brighton at home on Sunday in his first game in charge. De Jong has been linked with a transfer to Chelsea.
According to reports, given the financial struggles of the team, Barcelona wants De Jong to accept a pay reduction if he decides to stay at the Nou Camp. De Jong’s salary from the past few years have been postponed, and the club and the Dutchman are presently at odds about payment of those payments.
Robert Lewandowski, Raphael Varane, and Jules Kounde were all acquired by Barcelona this summer for a combined total of over £120 million, with Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie joining on free transfers.
Marcos Alonso, a left-back for Chelsea from Spain, is also on the verge of making the team. Barcelona sold shares of its domestic television rights and in-house production firm, Barca Studios, to fund money for moves this summer.
The team hasn’t submitted a request to La Liga to register the players, though, so additional funds need to be obtained.
Barcelona will not have their new players ready for Saturday’s season-opening match against Rayo Vallecano if they fail to register them in time.
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