Barcelona need Frenkie de Jong to agree to take a pay cut (Getty)
Barcelona will not sell Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United if the midfielder agrees to take a pay cut, according to reports in Spain.
Erik ten Hag has made De Jong his priority target for the summer transfer window and reports this week have claimed that United were closing in on a £68 million agreement with Barcelona.
However, despite reports claiming that Barcelona are keen to sell De Jong in order to boost their finances, the Spanish club’s president Joan Laporta is adamant that the midfielder will remain at Camp Nou.
‘There are clubs that want him, not just United. We have no intention of selling him, he wants to stay,’ Laporta said on Saturday.
‘Frenkie is considered as one of the best midfielders in the world by all the experts. We are happy to have him.
‘I’m going to do everything I can in my power so that Frenkie stays here, but there’s also a salary issue and that would have to be adjusted.’
Frenkie de Jong’s preference is to remain at Barca (Getty)
According to Marca, Barca are willing to let De Jong remain at the club but the 25-year-old would need to agree to ‘drastically’ lower his salary.
The report claims that United and Barca remain in talks and the La Liga side are ready to sell De Jong if he doesn’t take a pay cut.
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De Jong, meanwhile, has also made it clear that his preference is to remain at Barcelona.
‘I prefer to stay with Barcelona,’ De Jong told ESPN.
‘Barcelona is just my dream club. Also from a young age. I just said it too. I’ve never regretted my choice despite the fact that I had hoped for more in terms of prizes than I’ve achieved so far. But I have never regretted my choice.’
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