Barcelona need Frenkie de Jong to go.
Frenkie de Jong was benched for Barcelona’s last two matches on pre-season tour and when he came on, Xavi shoehorned the Netherlands international in at centre-back.
It seems like a back-handed gesture as Barcelona look to accelerate their moves to try and sell players.
According to Miguel Delaney of The Independent, Barcelona “needs” De Jong to leave but he has remained obstinate in his stance due to being owed €17 million in deferred wages.
Delaney adds that Barcelona have made an initial offer to try and resolve the matter, but that was still over €10m less than the figure De Jong is owed. It is also noted that Barcelona will be unable to press forward with the signing of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde until that situation is resolved.
Does De Jong really want to be playing a bit-part role at Barcelona next season?
Any sudden talk of him renewing terms sounds ludicrous when you consider how his club have spent the summer pushing him out the door.
United have bought well so far this season, but the wait for De Jong is taking the excitement out of the transfer window. It has dragged on for far too long and I would much rather have him with the squad this week ahead of the new season.
Hopefully, Barcelona are truly reliant on the De Jong transfer to speed up their pursuit to sign Kounde.
It’s time they pay De Jong the money is owed outright!