There have been several big transfer dramas this summer window, which includes some huge names, including Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski, Bernardo Silva, Jules Kounde, Cristiano Ronaldo, and more.
However, none has been stretched as thin as Frenkie de Jong’s. Barcelona, initially, wanted to sell de Jong to make way for Bernardo from Manchester City. However, since the midfielder wants to continue at Barça, they have given him two options.
Ben Jacobs reports that Barcelona have relayed to de Jong that he must either take a 50% pay cut or leave. With it, they have also given him a deadline of today.
His salary will reportedly touch the €22 million mark this season, which is causing issues for the club with player registrations. Further, it is well above the wage cap set by Joan Laporta and the new board.
This is not the first time Barcelona have asked de Jong to take a salary cut this window. As per several reports, he does not want to comply with either option. He will continue at the club next season without reducing his salary as he knows Xavi counts on him.
Manchester United and Chelsea are hot on the trails of de Jong. The former have already reached an agreement with Barça on an €85 million deal, with the latter stay confident about completing the move for €80 million plus.
The Blues want to convince the Dutchman before submitting a formal offer to Barcelona, as he is adamant about staying in Catalunya.
Laporta has publicly asked de Jong to reduce his salary, too, but says the club “will respect” his decision at the end of the day, as he has a contract with the Blaugranas.
However, recently, Barcelona have threatened legal action against the player as they claim there is evidence of criminality in his contracts, along with other players Josep Bartomeu renewed in his last few months as president.
As it stands, the report suggests that taking the player to court is ‘more than an empty threat’, but it is definitely the last resort. Barça maintain they are prepared for it should de Jong not comply with the wage cap.