February 22, 2024


Unforgettable trip

De Jong to travel on Barcelona’s pre-season tour in blow to Manchester United

Frenkie de Jong has been bundled on Barcelona’s pre-period tour of the United States, leaving a potential transfer to Manchester United hanging in the stability.

The Athletic documented on Thursday that Barcelona had advised the 25-yr-outdated to depart.

It is recognized that Barcelona’s hierarchy knowledgeable De Jong they require to offer him in get to equilibrium their extreme wage monthly bill, which has led to troubles in registering new signings.

The Athletic understands De Jong desires to keep at Barcelona, nonetheless.

And inspite of Barcelona’s hopes of selling him, De Jong has now been included in their pre-season squad to deal with Inter Miami, Serious Madrid, Juventus and the NY Purple Bulls.

New signing Raphinha has also been bundled when it is recognized Robert Lewandowski will vacation to Miami on Sunday to undertake a health-related in advance of his go from Bayern Munich.

Other gamers Barcelona have built accessible for transfer — this kind of as Martin Braithwaite, Oscar Mingueza, Riqui Puig, Neto and Samuel Umtiti — have not been integrated.

The Athletic described earlier this week that United have agreed to pay back Barcelona a assured cost of €75million (£63million, $75million) for de Jong and that they could also fork out incorporate-ons worth €10million (£8.47million, $10million).

It is thought that Barcelona really feel United’s provide is a excellent sum and that they would fairly have a quick sale as they know it will not be there endlessly.

Nevertheless, the predicament is also getting sophisticated by Barcelona owing De Jong a deferred income payment value €17million which is believed to be even now stalling the deal.

United sent a delegation to Barcelona to hold facial area-to-deal with talks around the signing of De Jong which led to a breakthrough in regards to the transfer fee.

Barcelona signed De Jong from Ajax for £86million in 2019 and he has considering that created pretty much 100 league appearances for the Catalan club.

Even so, Barcelona’s fiscal problem meant De Jong’s potential has been hanging in the equilibrium, with debts of £1billion and stringent controls on recruitment and expenditure.

Less than 10 Hag, De Jong was one particular of the shining stars in the Ajax facet that attained the Champions League semi-ultimate in 2018-19, where they conquer the likes of Authentic Madrid and Juventus to get to the latter levels of the competition.

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