Barcelona will still need to cut back their wage bill next season in keeping with La Liga President Javier Tebas – giving Manchester United hope they might still sign Frenkie de Jong in 2023. The Red Devils spent the vast majority of the summer chasing the Dutch international with latest boss Erik ten Hag eager to be reunited together with his former Ajax prodigy, however the 25-year-old preferred an prolonged stay on the Nou Camp as an alternative.
United publicly pursued De Jong for a lot of the summer after he was identified as the important thing player the club needed to make their midfield tick. He was an instrumental man for Ten Hag during his run to the Champions League semi-finals with Ajax in 2019 and would bring much-needed technical improvement to the bottom of the Red Devils’ midfield trio.
Barcelona initially looked open to letting the player leave as they looked to cut back their wage bill and lift the funds required to usher in other reinforcements. The Catalan giants accepted a bid of around £64million from United for his services in July.
Nonetheless, the deal stalled after the Netherlands’ star was unconvinced by the project underway at Old Trafford and didn’t want to go away the Camp Nou until he had been paid an overdue wage bill of £17million made up of payments deferred to assist the club through the Coronavirus pandemic.
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“Or they make more levers, which I do not think because they run out heritage, or reduce salary mass. We’ll see what can arise from the sale of players. It is vitally difficult or inconceivable for him to keep up it next season.”
It stays to be seen whether Barcelona’s current plight can be enough for United to get themselves back within the race for De Jong. Nonetheless, the Old Trafford faithful will currently be content with the present performances of their midfield trio, with latest signing Casemiro still yet to be fully integrated.
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