Barcelona News: There are a lot of rumours regarding the sale of Frenkie de Jong. Addressing the situation, the club director Mateu Alemany has confirmed that the team is “constrained” by financial fair play laws.
Manchester United has been linked with De Jong, with incoming boss Erik ten Hag apparently hoping for a reunion with the former Ajax midfielder at Old Trafford.
The 25-year-old joined Barcelona from Ajax for £65 million in 2019 and has four years left on his deal, but has emerged as a top target for United.
Ten Hag worked with De Jong at Ajax from 2017 to 2019 and is said to have approached his agent, Ali Dursun, about a summer transfer. United is poised to lose midfielders Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, and Nemanja Matic this summer. The club is in serious need of replacements.
Barcelona News: Overspending and Covid issues
The Covid-19 pandemic, as well as Barcelona’s previous overspending, have had a significant impact. The Spanish giants will have to tread carefully in the summer transfer window as they strive to enhance Xavi Hernandez’s team. Alemany has hinted that they may need to trade current players to make room for newcomers.
“We haven’t made any roster decisions; Frenkie is a valuable player.” We are constrained by [financial] fairness, as well as the situation that the club has inherited,” he explained.
“Patience is required. We have made it clear that the team will be strengthened. It’s important, and we want to contend for titles next year.”
De Jong has been a mainstay for Xavi this season. The midfielder made 45 games across all competitions and scored four goals and provided five assists. For next season, Xavi has mentioned that he would love to keep the Netherlands international.
What did Xavi say?
“I haven’t talked to him about his future,” Xavi revealed. “He’s doing a fantastic job and needs to stay here because he has the potential to be one of the best midfielders in the world for many years.”
“I’d stay here for many more years if it were up to me. He is crucial, and he has the potential to usher in a new age. He must score, assist, and be the centre of attention.”
Barcelona trail Real Madrid by 12 points heading into their last La Liga match of the season against Villarreal this weekend.
To close the gap on their opponents, they will need to recruit this summer. Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski has been linked with them.