In a fresh update provided by journalist Fabrizio Romano, it has been confirmed that although Frenkie de Jong’s priority has always been to stay at Barcelona, a potential salary reduction is very unlikely from his side.
As reported before, Barcelona have put forward a confounding deal where they have asked the midfielder to accept a drastic pay cut if he wants to continue.
Barcelona understand de Jong’s departure will not only bring significant capital but will also free up some kind of financial space which can be utilized to bring in reinforcements.
But since Man United still haven’t discussed personal terms with the player, there are chances that he might as well end up staying at Camp Nou.
Sportingly, it could be a blessing in disguise but from an economic standpoint, Barcelona will be in deep trouble since he is pocketing as much as €10 million a year.
For now, both Barcelona and Manchester United have settled on an initial €65 million. All that remains right now is to discuss the remaining €20 million which will be a part of the add-ons structure.
It’s understood that Manchester United are trying to put up difficult variables so that they don’t have to pay more. For Barcelona, however, they want to recoup most part of the initial €75 million fee that they had paid Ajax back in 2019.
Hence, they are insisting on making these variables rather easier.
For now, apart from discussing the obvious add-ons, Manchester United also have to discuss personal terms with the midfielder.
It’s not that they don’t have the financial muscle to match or even increase his salary, but the lack of Champions League football for next season is hurting their ambitions and it is proving to be the only roadblock.
The agreement between Barcelona and Manchester United is indeed close, but the transfer is far from being one.