In the midst of a tense standoff between the parties, the Dutch international midfielder has rejected desperate requests from Barcelona for him to accept a salary cut. Barcelona wishes to offload Frenkie de Jong this month. In the midst of an ongoing dispute with the club, Frenkie de Jong has rejected desperate requests from Barcelona to drastically reduce his wages. The Catalan club reportedly set a deadline for any potential transfer of Dutch international De Jong until the end of the week – the start date of the current La Liga season – with both Manchester United and Chelsea pursuing a deal. It comes after United manager Erik ten Hag told those in charge to be patient with a deal after holding new talks with the player. Barcelona has agreed to a new salary cut with veteran central defender Gerard Pique and met with Sergio Busquets last week to discuss a similar arrangement. The club has been unable to register five new signings and two contract renewals with La Liga this summer, leaving them in a race against the clock to raise new funds. De Jong is the highest-paid player at the Camp Nou, and he is owed an additional €17 million (£14.3 million) in amoritizations and back payments this year. The club is concerned that his earnings this year will be a massive financial hit, complicating their financial plans. The player’s agents, Ali Dursun and Hasan Centikaya, met with Barcelona officials last Wednesday and are urging the Dutch midfielder to fight for the money he is owed. Separate talks have also taken place between coach Xavi Hernandez and the player, and club president Joan Laporta has spoken with De Jong. According to Sport, the Dutch star is not interested in reducing his salary, nor is he interested in leaving the club despite sustained interest from the English duo. His current priority is to keep his current arrangement and fulfill his contract. Let Your Voice Be Heard! Who will De Jong play for this season: Barcelona, Manchester United, or Chelsea? Tell us what you think in the comments section.
De Jong and Xavi were unable to reach an agreement on a salary cut (
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In a desperate attempt to raise funds this summer, Barcelona president Laporta oversaw the sale of 25% of its TV rights to Sixth Street, as well as a 25% stake in Barça Studio to socios.com, for a fee of around €100 million. However, those ‘economic levers’ (as the club refers to them) have proven insufficient in bringing in new La Liga signings Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie, Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski, and Jules Kounde. The same registration problem affects Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto, both of whom signed new contracts this summer. Barcelona is now poised to activate their fourth ‘economic lever,’ selling up to 49% of Barcelona studios. It is expected that this, along with the club’s planned wage cuts, will allow them to register the seven players. However, the club is also looking to sign more players, including Chelsea winger Marcos Alonso and Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva. De Jong recently liked an Instagram post criticizing Barcelona’s treatment of him this summer, as the club continues to make high-profile signings while he is still owed money under his contract. Gary Neville has previously urged De Jong to seek legal counsel in light of the Catalan giants’ treatment of him. Continue Reading