Journalist Luis Miguelsanz has reported via SPORT that Barcelona are treating Frenkie de Jong’s contract extension as an absolute priority so much so that sporting director Deco has already made contact with the player’s representatives.
The challenge, however, lies in the fact that the Dutchman still remembers the incident of the summer of 2022, a time when Barcelona tried to sell him to Manchester United in pursuit of acquiring Bernardo Silva.
Barcelona have clear plan in place
Barcelona’s current priorities revolve around retaining those who are important for the sporting project. And for that, the team from Catalonia wants to proceed while achieving short-term objectives.
In this regard, Deco’s responsibilities are to identify a select group of essential players from the first team and while it is understood that not everyone can be retained, the focus is on securing the most crucial individuals, which include de Jong.
Both the sporting department and coaching staff have absolutely no doubts about de Jong’s status as a pivotal player, seen as one of the select few who will lead Barcelona into the future.
There are a few problems though
The team from Catalonia has conveyed its intentions to the player and his representatives, expressing their desire to extend the contract beyond 2026.
Recognizing the challenges ahead, they are aware that the negotiation process won’t be straightforward as the team wasn’t particularly soft on the player in the summer of 2022. However, the current dynamics have eased compared to the previous crisis between the two.
At the moment, Deco is actively trying to get closer to the player as he aims to mend the relationship between the two.
Now, Deco’s goal was to establish the groundwork for this renewal before the year’s end, but as of now, formal meetings have not taken place. Nevertheless, there have been telephone conversations that have successfully restored trust, albeit the renewal timeline remains uncertain.
Barcelona are eager to tie him up on a long-term contract as they aim to reevaluate and adjust the salary structure for the remaining two years of his contract.
Interestingly enough, the initiative with De Jong marks the beginning of potential renegotiations with other key players at Barcelona, making him the priority on the list for contract adjustments.