With a hectic July coming to an end, Barcelona are looking forward to yet another busy month ahead.
One of the challenges for Barça heading into the month is to offload Frenkie de Jong. The midfielder is an important piece of the puzzle, as far as the club’s market strategy is concerned.
Barça are aware that de Jong is sitting on a massive wage packet that is preventing the club from registering the new players. As such, they are desperate to sanction his exit from him before the season starts.
Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for the midfielder. But the player has appeared reluctant to join the Red Devils, as the Premier League giants are not in a position to offer him regular game-time in the UEFA Champions League.
However, according to Diario SPORT, de Jong has not completely ruled out a move to Manchester United just yet. He has not rejected the club, though the player has refused to negotiate with any club.
It appears de Jong is holding out for Barcelona to resolve his signing on bonus payment and the deferred salaries before he takes the next step in his career. The whole situation is playing a key role in preventing his exit from Camp Nou.
Barcelona have not yet made any notable action on this front. But they are expecting a fee of around €80 million for the services of the Dutchman.
Manchester United are already prepared to fork out a fortune for the midfielder, but they are awaiting the player’s response. The upcoming week could be crucial with respect to de Jong’s future.
Should the Dutchman leave Camp Nou, Barcelona are expected to go after Bernardo Silva, who is valued exactly around €80 million.