Frenkie de Jong’s agents are believed to be grinding to reach a pay cut deal with Barcelona to keep the Dutchman at the cramped Catalan club. However, Chelsea are reportedly trying to lead Manchester United to the midfielder’s transfer and are believed to have offered La Liga giants Marcus Alonso as an intermediary within a possible swap deal.
The Blaugrana remain embroiled in a crippling financial crisis that currently prevents them from registering their series of new summer endorsements. Selling De Jong would be a way to rebalance the books and reduce the squad’s substantial payroll so that the club’s new stars are endorsed by La Liga.
Barcelona, which still owes De Jong a significant amount of deferred wages, is said to have given the 25-year-old an ultimatum: take a hefty pay cut this summer or leave the club for new pastures. Despite United and Chelsea’s strong interest, De Jong would remain determined to move forward with Barcelona and his desire to fight for his future at the Nou Camp has led his representatives to look for a solution.
According to Sport, De Jong’s agents are now investigating the possibility of lowering the player’s wages to facilitate his stay with the Spanish club. If no suitable agreement is reached, then De Jong will be open to a possible switch to Chelsea.
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Chelsea would have seen the opportunity this weekend to get a deal for De Jong back on track. In the event that the player’s agents are unable to resolve his current salary and unpaid wages, it is clear that Chelsea and Barcelona will try to reach an agreement on Alonso in a separate transaction, rather than a swap deal.
Despite not even reaching an agreement with the Catalan club on personal terms, Alonso is said to be calm about his future and expects a transfer to be finalized next week with the Spanish giants who are believed to have given the defender their word. Alonso is also understood to have asked Thomas Tuchel not to select him for Chelsea’s Premier League opener against Everton on Saturday.