A potential twist is in the works as Manchester United continue to chase Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
It has now emerged that Barcelona may no longer have to sell the Dutch international to Manchester United this summer should they activate a third lever.
The Red Devils already have a full agreement in place with Barca but are waiting for the green light from De Jong to complete the deal. That said, some reports suggest De Jong is waited on the money he owed by the La Liga giants, which The Independent claims the club is reluctant to pay unless he restructures his current deal.
Barcelona’s dire financial situation meant they were in a position of desperate need for cash and De Jong was considered surplus to requirements as an asset they could sell. They have a patient buyer in United.
But now Barca may no longer have to sell the exceptionally talented midfielder.
Barcelona ITK Gerard Romero claims Barcelona will not be obliged to sell United linked De Jong should they activate a third lever.
— Reshad Rahman ✆ (@ReshadRahman_) July 20, 2022
CONFIRMADO: La segunda palanca del Barça para seguir saneando las cuentas del club ya ha sido firmada.
El Barça venderá el 15% de los derechos audiovisuales procedentes de la Liga a Sixth Street a cambio de unos 320-330 millones de euros.
— Víctor Malo (@VMalo8) July 20, 2022
Another tweet – seen above — suggests that Barca’s second lever has already been signed and they will sell 15% of the audiovisual rights from the League to Sixth Street in exchange for around €320-330 million.
It beggars’ belief how a club can operate like this, sell its soul to Spotify, Sixth Street and anyone else who will buy them out of trouble, yet still sign crazy money on a 34-year-old Robert Lewandowski, who had one year left on his deal at Bayern Munich.
I honestly never want to see United do business with Barcelona again.
This will come as a huge blow to United if they prove unsuccessful in their pursuit to sign Ten Hag’s primary target. To make matters worse, Andy Mitten (via GQ) claims there is no Plan B if United don’t get De Jong.
An unwanted twist as far as we’re concerned. It will be interesting to see if United begin to distances themselves because this is the player Ten Hag wants the board to deliver this summer.