From nearly being forced out of the club during the summer window to no longer being a regular starter in the side, Frenkie de Jong has had to endure a difficult past couple of months at Barcelona.
Despite the club’s attempts to offload him in an attempt to get rid of his massive wages, the 25-year-old midfielder dug his heels in and stayed put at Spotify Camp Nou.
Given the club’s inflated wage bill, Barcelona are still trying to trim down their player salaries and reports suggest that president Joan Laporta is hoping to discuss a pay cut with de Jong by the end of the year.
It had been previously claimed that the former AFC Ajax ace would be reluctant to accept any proposal regarding reducing his salary.
However, as per a fresh report from AS, Barcelona and de Jong are moving closer to laying down the foundations for negotiations over a pay cut for the midfielder.
It further states that despite previous suggestions, there is no longer a feeling of tension between the club and the player and the Netherlands ace is willing to reduce his salary, as he has always maintained that he wants to continue at Spotify Camp Nou and is ready to help the club.
De Jong is one of the highest-paid players in the entire La Liga, with his gross salary for the 2022/23 campaign believed to be around €37.5 million. Agreeing a salary reduction with the midfielder could help Barcelona reduce their salary mass considerably.
And with the two parties said to be working towards an agreement, things are looking up for the Blaugrana.
Things have been tricky for de Jong this season as he has fallen behind Pedri and Gavi in Xavi’s order of preference for the midfield. But every time he has been given a chance, the Netherlands international has done well.
The Dutchman has recently returned from international duty with an injury which is expected to keep him out of action for a week.