Xavi reveals he could use Frankie de Jong as centre-back if he stays

Xavi has hinted that Barcelona’s ‘economic situation’ could force the club to sell Frankie de Jong, but his future could be at the center of Blagrana’s defense if he stays.

De Jong has been heavily linked with reunion with former Ajax manager Eric Ten Hago At Manchester United this summer.

Although the move has stalled in recent weeks due to salary deferment issues, 90 minutes understands United’s interest is strong and they are willing to wait to get their man to agree to a fee with Barcelona.

De Jong performed for Barca in their pre-season win over Real Madrid on Sunday, albeit as a second-half substitute for centre-back Andreas Christensen.

The Dutchman has been used in defense before, but Xavi was still questioned over the positional change after the game, and he also used the opportunity to issue an update on his future.

“Frankie? I don’t message. I talked with her. I like her a lot,” he said.

“For me, he is a fundamental footballer, but also has economic status and fair play. He can bring us a lot as a centre-back. I like him in that position.”

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Personally, Barcelona is open to de Jong leaving the club. Despite activating two financial ‘levers’ they are unlikely to be able to register their entire squad without breaching La Liga’s salary limit.

However, de Jong is already owed a deferred salary of €20m, and Barcelona are yet to agree on how it will be paid. This is the main stoppage regarding his possible move to United.

Barcelona are also pushing to sign defender Jules Conde, despite Sevilla and Chelsea reaching an agreement at the France international.

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