Manchester United have received a boost with the signing of midfielder Frenkie de Jong, with Barcelona now seeking a resolution over his deferred wages, according to The Independent.
The Red Devils have already agreed a £72 million deal with Barcelona for the 25-year-old, but it is claimed that he will not leave until his deferred salary of €17 million is settled.
The Blaugrana are desperate for De Jong to join the Red Devils, according to The Independent, because they need to recoup funds for the summer transfer of Jules Kounde from Sevilla.
Chelsea have agreed to pay £50 million plus add-ons for the France international, but Barcelona have told Kounde to be patient as they seek to recoup fees for his purchase.
This has aided the Blaugrana’s efforts to settle De Jong’s wages, but an agreement is still a long way off. They are still €10 million short of paying his outstanding salary.
United gave a boost to Frenkie de Jong’s pursuit.
United and the Blaugrana recently agreed on a transfer fee for the midfielder, but the transfer has been stalled because De Jong is unwilling to leave without being paid.
Although Spanish sources have consistently stated that De Jong does not wish to join United, The Mirror recently revealed that the Dutchman has been in constant contact with manager Erik ten Hag.
The Dutch star does not want to make his decision to leave public until his deferred salary is paid. With Barcelona in talks with him, it may only be a matter of time before he leaves the club.
De Jong has been playing as a central defender in recent pre-season friendlies, indicating that he does not have a guaranteed spot in Barcelona’s midfield heading into the new La Liga season.
De Jong has spent the last three years playing as a central midfielder for Barcelona, despite his preference to play as a number six. With a move to the Red Devils this summer, he should be able to play in his preferred role.
When they worked together at Ajax, Ten Hag got the most out of him from his deep-lying position. The Dutchman’s excellent distribution and ball control would be a significant improvement in United’s midfield.