As speculations continue to mount over the future of Frenkie de Jong heading into the summer transfer window, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has dropped a huge hint that the club is open to selling the midfielder.
The 25-year-old has been a vital player for Barça since his arrival in the summer of 2019 in a deal worth €86 million. While he has not exactly hit his peak at Camp Nou, the Dutchman is seen as an important cog in the scheme of things.
However, during the off-season, the midfielder’s future has become a topic of intense speculations. Barcelona’s financial situation has been a major driving force behind the rumours surrounding de Jong.
Drowning under debt and unable to sign new players, the Catalans are in the need of making some big sales to generate funds and lower their wage bill.
De Jong’s quality, age and high ceiling make him one of the most sellable assets for the Blaugrana.
And now, president Joan Laporta has confirmed as much, stating that Barcelona will consider parting ways with any important player if it would help improve the economic situation at the club.
“If our economic situation requires the sale of an important player, we are ready for that,” Laporta said in a recent interview (h/t BarçaTV+).
Barcelona are already in negotiations with Manchester United over the possible sale of de Jong this summer.
In fact, Fabrizio Romano has claimed that the Catalan giants have already turned down an offer of €60 million plus €10 million in add-ons from Manchester United for the Netherlands international.
Both clubs are continuing talks and an agreement could be reached, with de Jong also giving a green light to a move to Manchester United after showing some reluctance early on.