Barcelona are still refusing to pay Frenkie de Jong the €17m from his restructured contract, continuing the impasse over his potential move to Manchester United.
The Independent it was said that the Catalan club have continued to try to base talks on the emotional aspect of the situation and what would represent ‘the good of the club’. De Jong has understandably stuck to his stance and insists he will stay.
Manchester United have agreed the broad outlines of a deal with Barcelona, with the English club even agreeing to pay €10m more of the total up front rather than as part of clauses. That has yet to change the stance on deferred wages, with the Camp Nou hierarchy itself standing firm.
Sources have insisted the tensions stem from the fact that while Barcelona don’t currently owe de Jong any money, he would be entitled to it if he fulfills his restructured contract.
The midfielder agreed an amended deal to help the club through the Covid crisis and their financial woes. With De Jong’s first choice being to stay and effectively being squeezed out so Barca can spend elsewhere, the player’s camp naturally believe he should be entitled to the wages.
The Independent was also told that it would be impossible for United to simply pay the €17m for legal and tax reasons.
At the moment, United are also ready to stand firm as the player’s relationship with Barcelona is stretched to the limit.
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