Barcelona is apparently mulling legal action regarding the terms of Frenkie de Jong’s contract after requesting Frenkie to accept a pay cut.
Prior to the start of the new La Liga season, Barcelona were attempting to convince Frenkie de Jong to either lower his wage or leave the team.
De Jong is desired by Manchester United, who last month reached a £63 million deal with Barcelona.
However, De Jong has no interest in joining a team that cannot guarantee Champions League football.
Chelsea are also thought to be interested, although following their 1-0 victory over Everton on Saturday, Thomas Tuchel seemed to imply that midfield wasn’t a top priority for the team.
Barcelona is now stuck with De Jong, but the Spanish powerhouses want the 25-year-old to either lower his wage or leave the Camp Nou so they can sign their new acquisitions.
For players like Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha to participate, they must make sales before August 13 in accordance with La Liga regulations.
De Jong still has four years remaining on his current contract and is reportedly due more than £17 million in deferred wages by Barcelona.
Before the transfer window closes on September 1st, Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in signing the Dutch player.
The Athletic claims that Barcelona wants to void De Jong’s current contract and resume an earlier agreement.
According to rumors, president Joan Laporta and his colleagues think the contract the previous board gave him “included illegality.”
De Jong moved to Barcelona from Ajax in July 2019, but he didn’t sign a new long-term contract until October 2020, as Josep Maria Bartomeu’s administration was about to finish.
That month, the club’s board of directors and Laporta’s predecessor all left their positions.
Barcelona is having trouble coming to an agreement with De Jong.
The player has accepted a transfer offer from United, but he is hesitant to move to Old Trafford and prefers to wait until he receives the money he is owed before making a decision.
De Jong’s prospects of joining United are dwindling after the team on Monday agreed to a transfer price with Juventus in exchange for Adrien Rabiot.
The 27-year-old midfielder and the Premier League team still need to reach a personal agreement.
The Athletic also claims that Barcelona wrote to De Jong alleging that they had discovered proof of illegal activity on the part of the parties that arranged for his extension.
According to reports, club executives have informed De Jong that they have the authority to file a criminal complaint to find out what really transpired with the renewal.
They reportedly wish for the midfielder to resume his career under the terms set three years ago.
Theoretically, De Jong won’t get the money he’s due in pay (or at least a significant chunk of the money).
De Jong’s extension is reportedly thought to have been legitimate by the previous board, with Bartomeu maintaining that his administration was “serious and responsible.”
Selling De Jong would relieve some of Barcelona’s severe financial strain and free them up to pursue a deal for Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva.
This summer, there has been a lot of talk over De Jong’s future because the Catalan giants are desperate to either move the Dutch midfielder or reach an arrangement over the £17 million in deferred pay he is owed.