Barcelona continue to sell their soul but will Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong remain at Camp Nou?
Barcelona welcomed new signing Jules Kounde at their training ground on Monday morning.
Club president Joan Laporta was present for the presentation, and you won’t be surprised to hear that he tried to be the star of the show.
Laporta took it upon himself to break some major news to Barcelona fans.
He expressed confidence that Barca would be able to register all of their new signings, saying: “We are doing everything they are asking in order to register them. I am assuming that they will not put any obstacles in our way. I hope that La Liga make the same interpretation as we do. If not, we will find a solution.”
We are covering Barcelona’s financial situation because it is bound to have an impact on United’s pursuit to sign Frenkie de Jong.
Laporta was then asked where the confidence stemmed from – whether it was down to imminent player sales or the activation of a third economic lever. He went on to confirm it was the latter.
“We have sold 25% of the television rights for Barcelona. And the sale of €100m for 25% of Barca Studios to Socios.com. We are doing our homework in order to register the players.”
How does this impact Frenkie de Jong’s situation?
Manchester United have been chasing De Jong all summer long, while Barcelona have done their bit to push the Netherlands international out of the club.
Reports suggest Chelsea will compete with United for his signature but the player is waiting for the €17m he is owed by Barcelona in deferred wages.
Hopefully, with the third lever, they give De Jong the money he was promised at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.