“We have no intention of selling De Jong” – Barcelona president sends new message to Manchester United

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Manchester United might now be regretting not sealing a deal for Frenkie de Jong much earlier following the latest statement from Barcelona president Joan Laporta.

Laporta seems to have made a u-turn over the sale of Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United.

Manchester United had agreed a fee earlier this week, and were expecting to wrap up a deal as the Netherlands international returned from his break.

Speaking on De Jong’s future as a Barcelona player, Laporta said, as per Barcelona reporter Reshad Raman: “There are clubs that want him, not just United. We have no intention of selling him, he wants to stay.

“Frenkie is considered as one of the best midfielders in the world by all the experts. We are happy to have him.

“I’m going to do everything I can in my power so that Frenkie stays here, but there’s also a salary issue and that would have to be adjusted.”

Barcelona president Laporta seems to have made the u-turn on selling De Jong to Manchester United following Thursday’s injection of €200 million into the club’s coffers as a result of the sale of TV rights.

It also seems De Jong has agreed to adjust his salary to remain at Barcelona following the statement made by the Barcelona president.

We should also remember Laporta insisted last summer that Lionel Messi won’t leave but still allowed the Argentine to leave as a free agent.

Only time will tell if Laporta is serious this time.