Barcelona could sell Frenkie de Jong if he does not sign a new deal

Barcelona might cash in on Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong in the summer transfer window if he does not sign a new contract.

According to a report by Spanish outlet AS, Frenkie de Jong needs to sign a new contract with Barcelona to extend his stint at the club. The Dutch midfielder will be due to get a higher payoff from next season onwards. However, the reigning La Liga champions want to tie him to different terms amid his links with Manchester United.

Frenkie de Jong and his topsy-turvy Barcelona journey

Frenkie de Jong has been arguably the best performer for Barcelona since arriving from Ajax in July 2019. While his market value has fallen from €85 million to €70 million, he has been the epitome of consistency in the middle of the park for the Catalan club. However, the 26-year-old’s high value has constantly made him the subject of speculation.

Barcelona came close to selling de Jong to Manchester United nearly two years ago before a move failed to materialise. Since then, the Dutchman has resurrected his stature at the Catalan club, becoming a mainstay in the middle of the park. However, the rumour mill has returned with a bang heading into the summer transfer window.

The Dutch midfielder signed his current contract in 2020, with his deferred payments set to kick in from the 2024/25 season onwards. That is a problem for Barcelona amid the never-ending struggles to balance the books. So, they want to tie de Jong to a new contract. Meanwhile, the player’s situation has not gone unnoticed, capturing the attention of several high-profile clubs, including Manchester United.

Summer move on the cards?

Manchester United’s continued interest in Frenkie de Jong is understandable. The Red Devils are scouring the market for a midfielder amid uncertainties surrounding the futures of Casemiro, Christian Eriksen, and Donny van de Beek. Eriksen and van de Beek will likely leave Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

The Barcelona midfielder can thus be the ideal long-term midfield partner for Kobbie Mainoo. And the Blaugrana might cash in on de Jong in the summer transfer window if he does not sign a new contract. So, the latest update has come as a boost for Manchester United.

The idea of de Jong joining Manchester United still seems unrealistic, especially considering the Red Devils will unlikely offer him UEFA Champions League football next season. However, it will be interesting to see if his Barcelona future comes under a cloud of uncertainty after the latest update.

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