Just in: Barcelona communicate to Frenkie de Jong that he must leave the club
In a major development, Barcelona have informed Frenkie de Jong that he must leave the club this summer amidst interest from Manchester United, reports Mundo Deportivo.
The Spanish publication reported earlier on Thursday that Barcelona can free up around €30-35 million on the wage bill with the departure of the Netherlands international. However, the player has been reluctant to leave the club.
Barcelona and Manchester United have already reached an agreement in full for de Jong’s transfer. But the player’s refusal to depart has been a major thorn in the side.
However, as per the report, Manchester United have been putting pressure on Barça and the midfielder to get things moving. The Catalans also need any and all help with regard to their Financial Fair Play situation, which has forced them to act.
And the Blaugrana have now officially informed de Jong that he has to leave the club this summer and accept the proposal from Manchester United.
While manager Xavi Hernandez is happy to keep him on at the club, he understands the financial situation and the room that the Dutchman’s departure would create for Barça to register new players. Hence, he is also ready to sanction the exit.
However, in case de Jong ends up leaving, it is claimed that Xavi will demand Barcelona sign a replacement, preferably Bernardo Silva from Manchester City.
As iterated earlier, the Blaugrana have agreed terms with Manchester United over a deal worth €85 million (€75 million fixed + €10 million variables).
With the club now pressuring de Jong to leave, it remains to be seen if he is willing to change his stance or continues to insist that he wants to stay at Camp Nou. Crucial days ahead for all parties involved in the deal.