MANCHESTER UNITED have been given a boost in their ongoing pursuit of Frenkie de Jong.
That’s because cash-strapped Barcelona are reportedly trying to slash his wages AGAIN.Man Utd have received a boost in their pursuit of Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong[/caption]
De Jong, 26, was the subject of failed offers from United and rivals Chelsea over the summer.
The Dutch midfielder was said to be unhappy with Barca as he demanded his deferred £400,000-a-week wages be paid in full.
The Catalans had previously convinced De Jong to temporarily forgo part of his salary before embarking on a mega summer splurge.
But it’s reckoned he’s finally back to full pay on a contract running until 2026.
However, Barcelona want to make more signings this winter following their early Champions League exit.
A new right-back is the priority for Xavi Hernandez.
And Sport claims they want De Jong to once again give up some wages – but this time permanently.
Club chiefs hope to convince the playmaker into parting ways with a sizeable chunk of change.
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That would open the door for De Jong to eventually pen an extension to his Nou Camp deal.
But if the maestro is unwilling to accept Barcelona’s new terms, the club are finally ready to boot him to the highest bidder.
That could open the door for United to pounce again, despite Erik ten Hag landing Christian Eriksen and Casemiro last summer.
Chelsea are on the hunt for new midfielders and could re-enter the race too.
Barcelona have already bid farewell to big earner Gerard Pique this month.
And Sergio Busquets is also expected to depart at the end of the season, freeing up even more change for fresh transfers.