Barcelona are reportedly demanding a guaranteed €80million from Man Utd for the transfer of Frenkie de Jong this summer.
Barcelona signed De Jong from Ajax in the summer of 2019 for a guaranteed €75million and are keen on getting what they paid Ajax for the midfielder.
However, Manchester United’s first offer was a guaranteed €60million for the Dutch midfielder with reports claiming the Red Devils are only willing to increase the offer to a guaranteed €70million.
There’s currently an €11million difference between what Man Utd are willing to pay for De Jong and what Barcelona are demanding for the midfielder.
With Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag keen on building his team around De Jong, why then is Man Utd refusing to meet Barcelona’s asking price?
According to The Athletic, Man Utd have a transfer budget of €120million and know the club will be able to afford other signs if Barcelona can be convinced to accept a lower offer.
Man Utd also feel Barcelona still have cashflow issues that necessitate De Jong’s sale and with no other buyers for the Dutch midfielder, Barcelona are expected to accept Manchester United’s offer as we get closer to the end of the month.
The end of this month is important because that is when Spanish clubs close their accounts, and La Liga’s system to calculate salary caps for the following season takes its cue.
Man Utd believe Barcelona will be forced to accept the club’s offer for De Jong so the huge wages of the Dutch midfielder can be taken off their wage bill to ensure they get a higher salary cap for next season.
The Athletic also reveal Barcelona are expected to pay a dividend of £11million to their shareholders on June 24 and this could be another reason why Barcelona are holding out for the extra €10million to €15million from Man Utd for the transfer of De Jong.
Despite Man Utd being involved in a game of poker with Barcelona for the transfer of De Jong, the Red Devils remain confident the club will sign the 25 year old midfielder.
Ten Hag is reportedly getting frustrated over the time it is taking the club to reach an agreement with Barcelona for the transfer of De Jong.
Ten Hag reportedly wants the club to conclude the signing of De Jong quickly so the club can move on to other targets.
The Athletic also adds that Man Utd believe there are other affordable midfielders available and will move on in the event Barcelona do not budge.
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