Manchester United legend Gary Neville reckons Frenkie de Jong should consider taking legal action against Barcelona.
Barcelona are not only doing all they can to push him out this summer, The Independent claims they have offered to pay just €7 million of the €17m they owe him in deferred wages.
This is the reason why the De Jong has dragged on all summer. That as well as the fact he wants to stay at Camp Nou.
Gary Neville has been appalled by Barca’s behaviour and believes the former Ajax academy graduate could have a case against his current club for the way they’re trying to force him into a pay cut.
Neville tweeted: “De Jong should consider legal action v Barcelona and all players should be behind him! A club spending fortunes on new players whilst not paying the ones they have under contract their money is immoral and a breach. @FIFPRO should be all over bullying like this and stop it.”
De Jong should consider legal action v Barcelona and all players should be behind him!A club spending fortunes on new players whilst not paying the ones they have under contract their full money is immoral and a breach. @FIFPRO should be all over bullying like this and stop it.
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) July 25, 2022
An interesting plea from Neville.
We’ve all probably asked questions about how Barca have been allowed to conduct their business in such a way. Last year they couldn’t give Lionel Messi a contract they had already agreed with the Argentina, prompting his shock transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, and this summer they’ve gone from struggling to register new players to signing Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski.
De Jong is not entitled to the €17m he is owed until his contract expires, which explains why Barca are reluctant to pay it now as they’ve got a number of other problems to address like completing the signing of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.
Meanwhile, Spanish newspaper AS claims the Dutch midfielder would be open to taking a pay cut to stay in Catalonia.
De Jong’s current deal expires in 2026.