Frenkie de Jong has been informed that he can stay and contribute significantly to Xavi Hernandez‘s plan to restore Barcelona, but only if he agrees to take a significant wage reduction.
According to rumors, Frenkie de Jong and Barcelona head coach Xavi have had frank discussions concerning de Jong’s future with the Spanish team.
Despite continued interest from Manchester United, Frenkie de Jong is reportedly considering taking a significant pay cut to remain at Barcelona in response to a personal appeal from Xavi Hernandez.
It has been widely believed that Barça and Man United have reached an agreement worth €75 million plus €10 million for the Dutchman’s services, but De Jong has so far refused to sign.
The Dutch midfielder is at the center of the summer’s biggest transfer saga, with United eager to sign De Jong to an Old Trafford contract.
Erik ten Hag is eager to reunite with De Jong, who was a key member of the Ajax team during their time together in Amsterdam.
Barcelona have publicly reiterated that they would prefer to keep De Jong after apparently agreeing to a £56.2 million first fee to sell the playmaker to United.
And now, the Spanish heavyweights are reportedly attempting to convince De Jong to reduce his wage in order to stay at the Nou Camp.
Xavi has now initiated discussions with De Jong in an effort to find a solution that would allow the former Ajax player to remain at the club.
In spite of ongoing rumors over the 25-year-old’s future, the Barcelona manager has reaffirmed that he still sees him as a “useful player in his project.”
The legendary midfielder also made it clear that he will have to make an effort to continue to be a part of the venerable Barcelona rebuilding project, which would need virtually half his present pay.
De Jong is reportedly in line to make roughly €30 million (£25.5 million) gross, which is significantly more than the €20 million (£17 million) cap that Barcelona president Joan Laporta is attempting to enact.
De Jong and Xavi claimed to have left the meeting “satisfied,” suggesting that De Jong would be willing to take a significant financial hit in order to stay in Spain.
That would be a serious setback for Manchester United, who are still working to get the brilliant midfielder to Old Trafford.
Ten Hag has already made a personal appeal to his former charge about a transfer.
But despite the Dutchman’s assurance to De Jong that he would take on the role of “director of the symphony” at United, it appears that Ten Hag may need to look at other options for bolstering his midfield.
As a further indication that United’s chances of luring the midfielder away from Barcelona are now slim, Laporta went as far as to deny that Barcelona had ever accepted a bid for De Jong.