Barcelona president Joan Laporta has reiterated his desire to retain midfielder Frankie de Jong this summer, but has warned the Dutchman that he should ‘strive’ to fit into the club’s new salary structure.
It is understood de Jong is already owed £17m in deferred pay – an issue that has complicated a potential transfer to Manchester United – and as part of its ongoing quest to rebalance the Barcelona books. I want to agree on further pay cuts.
Barcelona’s actions have been criticized by many, from Gary Neville to La Liga president Javier Tebas, with the latter making it clear that De Jong can’t be forced to cut his pay,
While Laporta wants to keep de Jong, he gives another message to the 25-year-old about what he needs if he wants to stay at Camp Nou.
“He wants to stay and we want him to stay,” Laporta said. “That’s the most important thing.
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“It is clear that we have a new pay scale and all players have to fit in. We are trying to get these players to understand the reality of the club. We find ourselves with a payroll that increases by over 40%. We all have to try.
“We are going to do everything possible for him to stay and we hope that the player will do everything possible for him to stay as well.”
La Liga President Tebas has admitted that barcelona De Jong will struggle to register all of his new signings under the league’s salary cap without being taken down, though he admitted Blagrana is ‘on the right track’.
During this, Man Utd Keep pushing for de Jong’s signature. 90 minutes understand that they are willing to be patient This summer, club officials are willing to wait as long as it takes to secure the signing of top target Erik ten Haag.