Barcelona president Joan Laporta has claimed that the Catalan club have ‘no intention’ of promoting Frenkie de Jong this summer time.
The Dutch central midfielder is Manchester United’s major goal this summer time as Erik ten Hag seems to signal the participant he was so influential in nurturing throughout his time at Ajax.
It was reported final week that the two golf equipment had reached a breakthrough in negotiations over De Jong shifting to Manchester United, however Laporta seems to have rowed again on these developments by saying the club would love to maintain onto him this summer time.
Manchester United may face competitors for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong
Talking publicly over considered one of the highest profile sagas of this summer time window, Laporta mentioned there have been varied golf equipment who needed him however that Barcelona would ideally maintain onto the participant they signed in 2019.
He mentioned: ‘There are golf equipment that need him, not simply United. We have no intention of promoting him, he needs to keep.
‘Frenkie is taken into account as considered one of the greatest midfielders in the world by all the specialists. We’re completely satisfied to have him.’
Erik ten Hag performed a key function in nurturing Frenkie de Jong throughout their time collectively at Ajax
Barcelona’s monetary plight means the club has to offload gamers this summer time so as to convey gamers in after which register them in time for the season.
They’re at the moment unable to register Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie, signed on free transfers from Chelsea and AC Milan respectively, owing to a necessity for them to decrease their wage invoice. They’re hamstrung by La Liga’s one in 4 rule, which means for each a million they spend they need to save 4 million.
Laporta’s feedback had been certified by an admission that it could not be straightforward to maintain De Jong owing to the dire monetary straits the club finds itself in.
‘I’m going to do every part I can in my energy in order that Frenkie stays right here, however there’s additionally a wage concern and that may have to be adjusted,’ he mentioned.
Joan Laporta mentioned that the club wished to maintain onto Frenkie de Jong – a participant, he mentioned, the ‘specialists’ contemplate considered one of the greatest in the world
Frenkie de Jong final month referred to as Barcelona the ‘greatest club in the world’ amid talks of a transfer away
Had been De Jong to keep at Barcelona, the possibility he has publicly declared as his choice, it could symbolize an actual blow to Ten Hag and Manchester United with the club having seemingly put quite a lot of eggs in the proverbial De Jong basket.
Chief govt Richard Arnold’s leaked assembly with supporters at a Cheshire pub revealed that De Jong is prime of the club’s precedence listing this summer time with the midfielder having been recognized as the excellent participant to kickstart the Ten Hag-led revolution.
De Jong final month declared Barcelona the ‘greatest club’ in the world when requested a couple of potential transfer elsewhere.
‘You’re at all times flattered when groups present curiosity in you as a participant,’ he mentioned.
‘However I feel I’m at the greatest club in the world at the second, I really feel high quality there, so no information.’