Barcelona tell Frenkie de Jong to leave and join Manchester United

Barcelona have told Frenkie de Jong they want him to leave the club to join Manchester United, The Athletic understands.

It is understood that Barcelona’s hierarchy have informed De Jong that they need to sell him in order to balance their excessive wage bill, which has led to complications in registering their new signings like Raphinha.

Barcelona are trying to convince De Jong that a transfer to United would be the best move for his career and while they believe he is a talented player, it has come down to an economically related decision rather than a sporting one.

At present, it is unclear whether De Jong will travel with the Barcelona squad on their pre-season tour in the US.

The Athletic reported earlier today that United have agreed to pay Barcelona a guaranteed fee of € 75million (£ 63million, $ 75million) for de Jong and that they could also pay add-ons worth € 10million (£ 8.47million, $ 10million).

It is thought that Barcelona feel United’s offer is a great amount and that they would rather have a quick sale as they know it won’t be there forever.

However, the situation is also being complicated by Barcelona owing De Jong a deferred salary payment worth € 17million from which is still stalling the deal.

United sent a delegation to Barcelona to hold face-to-face talks over the signing of De Jong which led to a breakthrough in regards to the transfer fee.

Barcelona signed De Jong from Ajax for £ 86million in 2019 and he has since made almost 100 league appearances for the Catalan club.

However, Barcelona’s financial situation meant De Jong’s future has been hanging in the balance, with debts of £ 1billion and strict controls on recruitment and expenditure.

Under Ten Hag, De Jong was one of the shining stars in the Ajax side that reached the Champions League semi-final in 2018-19, where they beat the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus to reach the latter stages of the competition.

So far this window, United have signed Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia. Christian Eriksen is expected to join, while they are also closing in on a deal for Lisandro Martinez.

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