In the summer of 2022, it seemed like Frenkie de Jong and Barcelona’s love affair was finally set to come to an end.
With the Catalan club willing to sell the Dutchman and the latter demanding to receive his deferred wages, a move to either Manchester United or Chelsea was reported to be inevitable.
However, it was claimed by a number of credible sources that the midfield maestro’s dream remained to stay put at the Camp Nou, which eventually proved to be his fate. While many have suggested that the 25-year old will leave the club next season, a new revelation has deemed such predictions false.’
As per a report by AS (h/t FCBWorld) de Jong and Barça are in negotiations regarding reducing his salary, with both parties closing in on a mutual agreement.
Ultimately, the imminent confirmation of this development could well mean that the former Ajax hero will stay put at the club for years to come.
Despite Barcelona getting a ton of stick for not paying the Eredivisie champion his deferred wages, it is key to note that a majority of players at the club were on unsustainable salaries under the previous leadership of Josep Maria Bartomeu.
As current club president Joan Laporta attempts to correct the poor financial decisions taken by his predecessor, it meant sanctioning the sale of Frenkie de Jong was a call that had to be taken.
Xavi is a major benefactor of the Dutch international’s decision to compromise on his wages, as he admitted that he was never on board with the midfielder’s sale.
Utilising de Jong as a number six on a couple of occasions, it is not farfetched to suggest that the Spanish manager eyes the silky technician as the short-term successor for Sergio Busquets, until a they can sort out a more natural one, at least.