Barcelona tell Frenkie de Jong to leave amid Manchester United links

Barcelona have reportedly officially told midfielder Frenkie de Jong that he needs to leave the club this summer amid interest from Manchester United.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have officially communicated to midfielder Frenkie de Jong that he has to leave Camp Nou this summer after the club reached an agreement with Manchester United over a sale.

De Jong’s future has been dominating the headlines for months, with seemingly no resolution in sight. Manchester United have made the 25-year-old midfielder their top priority this summer as new manager Erik ten Hag is keen on a reunion with his former AFC Ajax protege. With Paul Pogba leaving for Juventus, the Red Devils need a quality replacement, with de Jong emerging as the ideal option.

Manchester United have been working on a deal for a long time now, and have even reached an agreement with Barcelona over a deal worth €85 million including bonuses. However, the Red Devils are facing difficulties finalising the transfer as de Jong does not wish to leave the Blaugrana this summer. 

De Jong has claimed on multiple occasions that he wishes to continue with Barcelona and is unwilling to change his stance. It has led to fears of a move falling through. As a result, Barcelona have now taken matters into their own hands and are prepared to take drastic measures to force the midfielder out of the club.

As per the report, Barcelona have now officially informed de Jong that he needs to leave the club and accept the offer from Manchester United that is on the table. The Blaugrana are in a difficult situation with regard to their salary limit and Financial Fair Play and need to make one or two big sales to successfully register new players by freeing up space on the wage bill.

And as per the report, selling de Jong could help them free up somewhere around €30-35 million salary limit, which would be critical for them. On top of that, if the Netherlands international stays at Camp Nou and sees out his contract, the Blaugrana would have to pay him close to €89 million in his wages, deferred salaries and loyalty bonuses, a financial burden they cannot bear in this situation.

Hence, Barcelona are intent on moving de Jong this summer. However, with the midfielder reluctant to leave, they have officially urged him to accept the proposal from Manchester United. Whether it is enough to change the Dutchman’s stance on the matter remains to be seen.

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