The transfer of Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United is being held up by money owed to the Netherlands midfielder by Barcelona, according to James Ducker of The Telegraph.
Manchester United reportedly reached an agreement with Barcelona for the transfer of De Jong last week despite Barcelona president Joan Laporta claiming the Dutch midfielder isn’t for sale.
The Telegraph claim Manchester United reached an agreement with Barcelona to pay an initial €65 million (£55m) with around a further €20m (£17m) payable in add-ons.
However, United’s hopes of wrapping up a deal in time for De Jong is being delayed by money owed to the midfielder by Barcelona.
Barcelona reportedly owe De Jong around £17million after he agreed to defer his wages due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Explaining Barcelona’s debt to De Jong, the report on The Telegraph stated:
“De Jong joined Barcelona from Ajax on a five-year contract in 2019 on a fixed annual salary worth £12m but he agreed to reduce his salary by £9.4m in 2020/21 and by £4.3m last season meaning he is owed £13.7m in basic wages.
“He is also believed to be owed another £3.4m in waived bonuses for playing in at least 60 per cent of Barcelona’s matches over the previous two seasons.
“De Jong extended his contract at the Nou Camp by a further two years to 2026, which allowed Barcelona to spread the deferred payments over a longer period.”
Barcelona have to pay De Jong the £17million that the Spanish side owe the midfielder and that is currently delaying his transfer to Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Manchester United transfer target Lisandro Martinez has begged Ajax to let him leave this summer, according to Evening Standard.
Lisandro Martinez is wanted by Manchester United and Premier League rivals Arsenal, who have each held talks over a deal.
Ajax are holding out for a fee in the region of £45million as they are under no financial pressure to sell this summer after already banking around £50m from the departures of Ryan Gravenberch and Sebastien Haller.
Martinez, who was named Ajax Player of the Year last season, is keen on testing himself in the Premier League but is not currently forcing a move.
Ten Hag is a big admirer of the versatility of Martinez as the Ajax centre-back can also play as a left-back and defensive midfielder.
Manchester United have reportedly offered £37million for the centre-back but Ajax are holding out for £45million.