Today is Frenkie de Jong’s birthday. The Batavian environment celebrates its 25th spring under the Barcelona sun. Finally… the sun has been hidden by quite a few clouds lately for the Dutch international (40 caps, 1 goal). Recruited at a hefty price in 2019 (€85 million), the former Lancer is regularly criticized for not having taken the leadership of the Blaugrana milieu.
Regularly announced on the departure in recent months, De Jong has continued to proclaim that he felt good in the Ciudad condal and that he had no desire to pack up. Except that his club obviously has other plans. The Culés are certainly a little disappointed with his performance, but above all they have to manage a complicated financial situation. Yesterday, when asked about the arrival of Erling Haaland at Manchester City, their coach Xavi confirmed that Barça no longer had the means to fight in this kind of file.
Paris still does not let go
The Blaugranas have also set a very clear course of action for their transfer window: recruit free or low-cost players and replenish the coffers with one or two big sales. It is in this context that the future of Frenkie de Jong seems sealed. Well-informed journalist on Barça, Gerard Romero said last night that the club chaired by Joan Laporta was negotiating the transfer of the Batavian with Manchester United. This morning, Sport confirms the interest of the Red Devils, but clarifies that the negotiations are still far from being at an advanced stage. Moreover, the outlet adds that Barca hope to recover at least €100m (bonus included) in the deal. But that’s not all.
Sport has just published an article according to which Paris Saint-Germain is still on the lookout in this case and has requested information on the player’s situation. Capped at the post by Josep Maria Bartomeu in 2019, the Ile-de-France residents had again expressed their interest last winter. Seeing them return to the charge this summer would therefore not be a surprise, especially since Paris wants to strengthen its midfield considerably (PSG also wants Paul Pogba for example), even if the capital club will have to slim down. A time rival of the Rouge-et-Bleu on and off the pitch, Barça are ready to listen to any offer. Will Paris be able to find the right arguments? One thing is certain: unlike MU, PSG have the advantage of playing in the Champions League next season.