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Barcelona is ‘secretly pushing’ for this star player to make the exit

Frenkie De Jong Manchester United

Barcelona is said to be keen to offload Frenkie De Jong to Manchester United during the summer transfer window.

After Erik Ten Hag’s arrival at Old Trafford, he has been pushing for this transfer to happen. There were even reports of him calling De Jong personally to make him understand his project at United, this year.

There has even been news of the two heavyweight clubs deciding on a fee for De Jong.

However, there have been a host of issues that have been holding up the deal and that is a point of concern for the Red Devils.

One of the issues is deferred wages which the 25-year-old continues to owe to Barcelona. Barcelona is said to be not in a position to pay the whole amount of deferred wages to the Dutchman during this time.

On the other hand, club president Joan Laporta has repeatedly insisted on the fact that De Jong is not for sale. Moreover, De Jong has also voiced his wish of staying at the Catalan club.

However, Diario As reports, via the Mirror, that Barcelona authorities are ‘secretly pushing’ to sell De Jong to United.

Is Xavi not happy with De Jong’s performances at Barcelona?

Reports have been out which suggest that Barcelona manager Xavi has cast doubts on De Jong’s capabilities. Further, it is said that the Barcelona legend lamented the Dutchman’s gameplay in a La Liga match against Osasuna in the 2021-22 season.

Xavi allegedly stated: “We don’t have footballers with the total packaging to control the game.”

Meanwhile, an admission that has been doing the rounds within the club authorities that offloading De Jong would prove not to be a mistake as he joined under ex-president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

The 25-year-old playmaker still has about four years left on his contract. He joined the club in 2019 from Ajax after which he made 138 matches for the Catalan club.

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